26 September, 2017

Postwar Domination By Other Mean: Militarism, Buddhism & Tourism In The North Of Sri Lanka

By Nimanthi Perera-Rajasingham

Dr. Nimanthi Perera-Rajasingham

Dr. Nimanthi Perera-Rajasingham

Jaffna in the postwar context remains a troubled space. Yes indeed, there is no longer an embargo, and one can take the train, bus or fly easily. Yes, there are new super markets and people can walk around more freely. However, the scenario of domination and oppression continues in other ways. During a recent visit, forms of violence and domination were clear not only in the large number of Navy and military camps still there, in the ways they have become permanent installations in the North, but also in the ways in which new forms of postwar Buddhism and Tourism function with close ties the military apparatus. The first example is the Sangamitta Buddhist Temple built in Madagal at Dambakola Patuna in 2009, right by a Navy camp. Here, new histories are produced to penetrate the North as belonging to Buddhists. If Tamils have claimed the Jaffna Peninsula as the traditional homeland for Tamils, then erecting temples such as this is a way of rebutting this claim. The second example is the Hammenhiel Resort, a Dutch forte now run by the Navy for profit. In both locations, the local populations have been either evicted from those spaces, or are not allowed to fish in those seas, while the military-Buddhist-tourist complex functions to serve the South.

Sangamitta Temple: the Invention of Tradition and History

The Sangamitta Temple was built and opened in 2009 in the postwar period. Despite the devastating end of the war, the Navy and the state did not hesitate to construct the temple and claim it as a Sinhala Buddhist space. One would imagine that the end of war would have drawn the state’s attention to more urgent matters such as humanitarian assistance for Tamil civilians killed in the Vanni. However, the Sangamitta temple was built immediately after the war, close to an enormous Navy base because supposedly Sangamitta landed there (approximately 250 BC) bringing with her a Boe sapling. The sapling is said to be the same as the one found in Anuradhapura today. While this area is not a High Security Zone, it might as well be, as the Navy dominates the landscape. The proximity of the Navy camp and the temple locate how Sinhala Buddhism and militarism are integrated formations.

The creation of a temple here is part of an invention of tradition done in the Tamil heartland so that Sinhala Buddhism can claim a place for itself there, even though no Buddhists live in the area, and no temple existed there until 2009. There are two large statues of Sangamitta: one inside the temple and the other just outside by a lake. These large statues claim: Buddhism entered the country from this point and so the North too belongs to the Buddhists.

Sangamitta Buddhist Temple built in Madagal at Dambakola PatunaThere are two other additional claims that tell us about colonial penetration into Tamil areas. One is that the temple was opened by Shirani Rajapaksa, as if she is the modern day Sangamitta or a continuation of Buddhism in modern form. She places herself as the continuation of an ancient lineage, a formation that Joseph Roach has called “surrogation,” in his work The Cities of the Dead. The second is that the military’s claim that this temple was made possible because brave military personnel defeated a terrorist threat. So, there are signs celebrating military victory and prowess. Here, the trauma of the final war, and the suffering of Tamils in the North at the hands of the state and the Tamil Tigers are erased and retold as a glorious victory for Buddhism. The overall message of the signs and the temple is loud and clear: this land belongs to Buddhists, and the military is here to stay.

Tourism and the Military Complex: Hammenhiel

I have already written about how tourism in Passikudah is a means of domination because of how the tourist industry is displacing Tamil fishermen and destroying the environment. We see a more direct example of this in Hemmenhiel Forte.

the Hammenhiel Resort, a Dutch forte now run by the NavyThe Forte is found in a tiny island off of Karainagar, and was built by the Portuguese, then fortified by the Dutch after 1658, and then became a prison under the British. In Postcolonial Sri Lanka, the Forte continued to be used as a prison. Indeed in 1970/71, Rohana Wijeweera was briefly imprisoned there when it was rumored that he was going to be rescued from Jaffna prison by students at Jaffna University. His writings on the wall are still there.

the Hammenhiel Resort, a Dutch forte now run by the NavySince 2012, this prison has been converted into a luxury hotel, albeit with only four fancy rooms. Again, the resort is just beside a Navy camp, and as my young navy tour-guide told me, “we do not let locals anywhere close by. No local fishermen are allowed into these seas.” The sea is beautiful and pristine, bot not to be used by local Tamils. It is meant for tourists and the elite, for a full-board room costs Rs. 20,000. Even entering it is difficult for the path that leads to the restaurant in the peninsula and to the resort is through the Navy camp entrance. So, I had to stop and get permission even to go in. Without prior permission and organizing, the public cannot simply go to the island.

the Hammenhiel Resort, a Dutch forte now run by the NavyWe can ask how the restricted access is legal to a site that is a historical site, and paid for and maintained through public funds. How is restricting access possible when the salaries of the navy officers who run the resort are paid by the state? Furthermore, we can also ask about the ethics of a military transforming itself into a capitalist business, running hotels like this, and making profit. Where do these profits go?

the Hammenhiel Resort, a Dutch forte now run by the NavyWhat is perhaps most astounding about the Hemmenhiel Resort is not, however, the fact that the hotel is an articulation of the postwar military-tourist complex, but also the hotel’s making pleasurable that which was traumatic for Tamils in the North. One prison cell has been transformed to create a tourist experience of prison life. For if you pay Rs. 6,000 or US$ 50, you can “experience” what it is like to be a prisoner by living in a cell instead of one of the fancy air-conditioned rooms. You can simulate the pleasures of prison life, you can use a renovated prison bathroom, can wear a prison uniform, and will be served from a metal plate and cup. What is most horrifying about this experience is that it transforms something that has been traumatic for so many Tamils in the North, mass incarceration, torture, and violence into some kind of “fun experience” for the rich. When I listened to my young guide explain how you could experience being in prison, I was reminded of how many young men and women languished in prison during the war with no opportunities for bail or a court hearing under the PTA. I was reminded also of the terrible killings of Tamils during the 1983 pogrom in Welikada prison. All this trauma is erased as the navy turns a history of violence into a history of fun. Similar kinds of exploitation of poverty can be found in The Emoya Luxury Hotel and Spa near Bloemfontein, South Africa, which offers tourists a Shanty Town experience for a cost. Similarly, if you want to pretend to be a prisoner for a day, you can pay for it and have fun at the same time at Hemmenhiel Resort.

These examples are only two of so many instances of postwar violence perpetuated upon people in the North. The North remains occupied and militarized. Southern state violence continues to impose itself, not only directly through the gun, but through other forms of coercion. Local populations are denied access to lands, to resources and to their homelands by a state that is intent on claiming the North as part of their Buddhist-Military-Capitalist right.

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    Please publish this in Sinhala and Tamil as well

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      Dear Asst: Prof: Dr. Nimanthi Perera-Rajasingham,

      Re your hypothetical statement “If Tamils have claimed the Jaffna Peninsula as the traditional homeland for Tamils,”
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      What are the Historic Divisions of Lanka?
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      In the early days Lanka was divided into three main divisions Ruhunu, Maya and Pihiti. These are described in the ancient Kadaim books. Here is a quote from “Tales of the Land: British Geography and Kandyan Resistance in Sri Lanka, c. 1803–1850” by Dr Sujit Sivasunderam.
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      “Firstly, the kadaim, or boundary books, are state documents which describe the three main divisions of the island of Sri Lanka, and which were in the custody of the lekam-gey-attan or functionaries to the secretariat at court
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      In the kadaim books, Tri Simhale, which denotes the entire island, is divided into three principalities or kingdoms, namely Maya, Pihiti and Ruhunu. The oldest kadaim book, Sri Lamkadvipaye Kadaim, divides the entire island into 114 ratas or countries; Maya has 28 ratas, Pihiti has 43 ratas and Ruhunu has 43 ratas. Boundary pillars mark off the limits of particular ratas.”
      End Quote
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      Some Tamil historians’, notably Dr K. Indrapala and S. Pathmanathan’s, research on the Tamil settlements on the Jaffna Peninsula shows,” that there was a Tamil kingdom during the thirteenth—fifteenth centuries around the Jaffna Peninsula even though the chronological order of the kingdom could not be established.” The limits of the territory, however, were never extended beyond the isthmus of the Elephant Pass to the south. The Eastern Province had never been a constituent pan of this short-lived Tamil kingdom as acknowledged by many Tamil scholars.” (see The Rise of Tamil Separatism in Sri Lanka: From Communalism to Secession By Gnanapala Welhengama, Nirmala Pillai)
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      Sinnappah Arasaratnam in his book “The Kingdom of Kandy: Aspects of its External Relations and Commerce, 1658-1710,” p110 states
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      “The Kandians had control over five ports at the time the Dutch succeeded the Portuguese on the coastal belt in the seventeenth century: these were Kalpitiya and Puttalam on the west coast and Trincomalee, Kottiyar, and Batticaloa on the east coast Each of these ports was linked to a particular segment of the Kandyan kingdom” cited by Dr Sujit Sivasunderam in his book “Islanded”.
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      Who are the Parents of the Sinhalese?
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      Genetically, the Sinhalese share an Indian Subcontinent gene pool. “The result shown in Figure 5 accounted for 52.59% of the total variation. All the Sinhalese and Tamil subgroups intermingle well with the majority of the Indian subcontinental populations, forming a large genetic matrix” (Ref “Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations” 2013 by Lanka Ranaweera, Supannee Kaewsutthi, Aung Win Tun, Hathaichanoke Boonyarit, Samerchai Poolsuwan and Patcharee Lertrit)
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      Thus SOME parents of the Sinhalese are of Indian Subcontinental origin including Tamils.
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      There are also traces of Vedda genes in the Sinhalese gene pool (Ref “Genetic affiliations of the Sri Lankan population” (1995) Dr. Gautam K. Kshatriya). Unfortunately a gene pool of the early natives of Lanka are not available for comparison with the Sinhalese gene pool except that of the Vedda (which too has been breeding in isolation for a long time).
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      Thus SOME parents of the Sinhalese are of Sri Lankan LOCAL origin including the Vedda.
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      The Sinhalese are therefore a Hybrid population Unique to the world and Indigenous to Sri Lanka.
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      What is the Religion of the early Sinhalese?
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      Were they Buddhists or Hindu?
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      Hinduism was the Majority religion of India and it predates Buddhism. Hence the early immigrants to Lanka from the Indian Subcontinent were definitely not Buddhists but had a preponderance of Hindus.
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      Thus the early Sinhalese who evolved from Hindu parental populations and Local parental populations of a local religion (possibly pagan) would profess the religion of the dominant parent. Which would be Hindu.
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      Who are the Tamils of Lanka?
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      1. Ancient migrants from India (they evolved to be the Sinhalese)
      2. Those brought by Sinhala Kings for work & military service
      3. Invaders from Chola, 1017 AD and later
      4. Those who were brought by the Portuguese
      5. Those who were brought by the Dutch
      6. Those who were brought by the British
      7. Illegal immigrants (still on going)
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      The sub groups 2 would have been a small group amongst the larger Sinhala polity and came at a time the current ethnic consciousness was not in evidence. Hence they would have assimilated in to the larger Sinhala Polity.
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      Some within the Sub groups 3 to 7 have assimilated into the larger Sinhala Polity while others remained as Tamil retaining the Tamil Language. It is significant that those who retained the Tamil Language were physically proximal to Tamil India.
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      Hopefully you would be bale to put more light on the divisions of Lanka and how the people wer distributed within those divisions.
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      Kind Regards,
      OTC

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        STOP diverting the subject!

        The title of the article is “Postwar Domination By Other Mean: Militarism, Buddhism & Tourism In The North Of Sri Lanka”

        The issue is that State sponsored Sinhala Buddhist domination; it is being carried out recklessly at the behest of people like you! This is not just an accident but a culmination of the Mahavamsa program from indoctrination at school levels to claiming every inch of the nation.

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          Burning Issue

          What else did you expect from a liar, plagiarist and copy paste con artist?

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            Ha ha haa, the Tamil Vedda imitator is again using a Human Shield!

            Why do you fear to challenge anything that is written if they are untrue? Don’t have facts to do so?
            Still smarting from the slap you got from Paul?

            Paul said “Ah yes this is what we have come to expect from you, aimless quotes and asides. Never address the points that OTC makes. Never counter his documented and referenced allegations. Just sit at a keyboard and filibuster. You think you have convinced the readers? You have achieved nothing. As you are fond of quotes, here is one for you from Dr RN ‘I am not easily influenced by anyone, unless I am convinced by facts. OTC knows what he is talking about on the subject. Further, I like his approach. He presents his stands with references. It is for others to provide counter evidence to contest him’.”

            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/un-leaked-document-consumption-for-the-election-in-sri-lanka/comment-page-1/#comment-1868502

            Read and enjoy

            Ha ha haa!

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              Off the Cuff, you are one racist dumb goat.

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                TFTN, Burning Issue and the Tamil who poses as a “Native Vedda”

                The God of Knowledge that you (TFTN) worship has an Elephant Head and a Human body. I am sorry to say that he has forgotten to give you some wisdom in order to contest what I write.

                I have given a cross section of my Source References and has Challenged ANYONE to prove they are not Authoritative. So far even the Idiot Tamil with the Vedda Mask who originally questioned them has failed to do so.

                Burning Issue with his tail on fire has failed to do so.

                You with Canadian Libraries at your disposal has failed to do so.

                Hence who is the Dumb Racist Goat is plain to see. Name Calling does not change facts.

                Get educated on the subject that you are discussing or keep an open mind and be humble enough to learn from others.

                Kind Regards,
                OTC

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          Dear Burning,

          Perhaps you could not understand the Subject matter.

          Read my response again. I have responded to a specific Hypothesis of Asst: Prof: Dr. Nimanthi and has given her references (she is an University Academician remember?).

          I will respond to her other claims later which are coloured by her view of History and the absence of a WIDER knowledge of Tamil politics and society at large.

          If you are able to discuss the issues I have discussed, by all means do so.

          BTW what are your evidences of State sponsorship, Violence and domination? Nimanthi has been unable to provide any EVIDENCE other than Rhetoric

          Here is an example “… forms of violence and domination were clear not only in the large number of Navy and military camps still there, in the ways they have become permanent installations in the North, but also in the ways in which new forms of postwar Buddhism and Tourism function with close ties the military apparatus”

          Where is the “Evidence” of Violence?
          The presence of the Navy and Army or the Buddhist Temple?
          How idiotic is that?

          What is the “Colonial Power” she is referring to? The Sri Lankan State? She thinks that Jaffna is not part of Sri Lanka. That is the coloured glass through which she views the scene. In her previous essay on the East she was seeing Standing men as erect Penises. At least she has got out of mentioning that in her latest article.

          I kept all this out of my response to her as I wanted her to focus on the aberrated history that she uses.

          Hope you can respond to the point and leave the rhetoric out.

          Kind Regards,
          OTC

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            “If you are able to discuss the issues I have discussed, by all means do so.”

            You are blatantly intellectually dishonest; you prevaricate when you are cornered; often divert and move goal posts. These are your traits; people do not have time to waste with you! Your racist undercurrent is plainly obvious and no matter how well you embellish your arguments, they stand out like a sore thumb for everyone to see as to who you are.

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              Dear Burning,

              More and More Rhetoric to cover the Rhetoric already made!

              Unbelievable, how you cannot recognise the Nudity of Nimanthi’s arguments and your BLIND support of her.

              What are your evidences of State sponsorship, Violence and domination?
              What is the evidence that Dr. Nimanthi has produced to prove her claim of “… forms of violence and domination”?

              WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE?

              Are you so intellectually bankrupt not to be able to produce evidence when asked?

              What is the “Colonial Power” Nimanthi is referring to?
              The Sri Lankan State?

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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                What is preposterous is that your endeavour to obscure the Sinhala Buddhist aggression. Nimanthi is one of many who voiced about the majority post war aggression! There was no need for this Buddhist structure to be constructed soon after the war. Blood still saturated and wet; the Sinhala Buddhists were busy constructing the Buddhist structures all over the N&E. Here we have you pathetically putting forward Jaffna caste issues to divert the naked Sinhala Buddhist aggression. The truth is there everyone to see….

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                  Dear Burning,
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                  Again another dose of Rhetoric.
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                  I have addressed her Hypothesis
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                  “If Tamils have claimed the Jaffna Peninsula as the traditional homeland for Tamils,”
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                  And her claim of “… forms of violence and domination” without an IOTA of evidence.
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                  And have asked for a clarification as to who the “Colonial Power” is?
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                  You the wise guy is struggling, hoping arrogance will provide cover.
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                  She is silent perhaps realising her foolish error.

                  Kind Regards,
                  OTC

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        Off the Cuff. But why do they hate each other I mean historically during the heady fifties and sixties Singhala girls preferred Tamil men rather than their own, my curious mind is puzzled, was it the same among Tamils as well ? I am sure they have had a secret penchant .
        Look at our Nimanthi Perera -Rajasingham. and Another good example among our own CT Bloggers the white Bearded smirky Hi…..ndipala . Can they live happily ever after when the country is Burning of Hatredness. Is love is blind when it’s in cinders ??
        Before I get all sentimental and dissolve in the saying Love is Blind and get told off by NV (native Vedda) for crab walking, I’ll get back to the land grab .
        It’s a serious matter and it should not be allowed whether it was in the North South East or West.
        If These are ancestral lands They belong to the generations of keepers passed on from generations to generations.
        I think it will be heartbreaking to see their land taken away by force.
        No human being can tolerate .
        By law Land grabbing by military is against the law and it can be charged as Human Rights violation.

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          Dear Analyst,

          Re “But why do they hate each other I mean historically during the heady fifties and sixties Singhala girls preferred Tamil men rather than their own, my curious mind is puzzled,”

          I am not privy to their sexual preferences though you appear to be an expert. But why do you say Tamil men prefer Sinhala girls to Tamils girls?

          Re “I am sure they have had a secret penchant. Look at our Nimanthi Perera -Rajasingham”

          May be you can analyse what she says here ““his complete “upright” (pun intended) servicing of her and her post-serviced, on her back, ecstasy tells us a lot” Perhaps the constant worship of a stone penis has something to do with it.

          Regarding Hate may be you can analyse the following.

          Jaffna Tamil society consists of a Ruling High Cast and a Servile Low casts where the low casts is the majority. The Servile class hated the Rulling class as they were Slave drivers who used violence, rape and arson to subjugate the Tamil majority.

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          There had been for centuries a deep division between high caste Vellalas and low caste Tamils, mainly Pallavar, Nalavar and Karaiyar. These last castes were considered `non-Tamils or aboriginal people of a despicably low status'(Pfaffenberger, ‘The Political Construction of Defensive Nationalism’, 1990, p.82.). They were socially excluded by the Vellalas in almost every aspect of day-to-day life. Holmes describes the condition of the low-caste Tamils thus:

          In Jaffna in the 1940s and 1950s, for instance, minority [sic] Tamils were forbidden to enter or live near temples; to draw water from the wells of high-caste families; to enter laundries, barbershops, cafes, or taxis, to keep women in seclusion and protect them by enacting domestic rituals; to wear shoes; to sit on bus seats; to register their names properly so that social benefits could be obtained; to attend school; to cover the upper part of the body; to wear gold earrings; if male, to cut their hair; to use umbrellas; to own bicycles or cars; to cremate the dead; or to convert to Christianity or Buddhism.

          (vide W.R. Holmes, Jaffna (Sri Lanka), St Joseph’s Press: Jaffna, 1980; Pfaffenberger, `The Political Construction of Defensive Nationalism’, 1990, p.82.)
          Unquote

          BTW there is no Vedda commenting on CT but we have a Tamil idiot pretending to be a Vedda.

          Kind Regards,
          OTC

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            Why do you always infuse the Jaffna caste issues to divert the debate? Jaffna have moved on in leaps and bounds but you are still stuck in the mud!

            Your ostentatious cover for Sinhala oppression towards the Tamils is that you portray it as if the Sinhala have rescued the lower caste Tamils! How preposterous and condescending you sound.

            Caste issues have been endemic in all Sri Lankan societies including the Sinhala. The spellings of the Sinhala surnames give away as to which caste one belongs unlike with the Tamils. The LTTE with all their shortcomings cut through the caste barriers and paved a way forward.

            You need to address the reckless Sinhala Buddhist aggression towards the minority communities. Why are the Sinhala insecure and why do they blame the others for their shortcomings? Why cannot the Sinhala give the Tamil speaking people their due democratic space?

            The Bunda/Chelva Pact and Dudley/Chelva pact weren’t derailed by the Jaffna caste issues were they? They were derailed by the shortsighted Sinhala Buddhists like yourself! You need to get a grip and deal with your demons!

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              Dear Burning,

              If you are unwilling to read the posts under this article it would be wiser to remain silent without making a PUBLIC IDIOT of your self.

              Your knowledge of Tamil History is limited to what you learn from you Racist and Oppressive Elders.

              Although the Low Cast Tamils were the overwhelming majority in the North it took 30 years for a Low Cast Tamil to enter Parliament under Universal Suffrage.

              Can you explain why?

              Re “The Bunda/Chelva Pact and Dudley/Chelva pact weren’t derailed by the Jaffna caste issues were they? They were derailed by the shortsighted Sinhala Buddhists like yourself! You need to get a grip and deal with your demons”

              No Burning it was derailed Due to Cast Oppression that people like you practiced on your own people, the Jack Boot of Cast that you wore kept the Tamil majority IGNORANT and IMPOVERISHED while you climbed on their shoulders to get an Education.

              Can you explain why Jaffna with the BEST school system in the Island had 70% to 80% illiterate Tamils?

              The District Councils and the Dudley Chelva Pact
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              The Tamil Ruling Class led by Chelvanayakam negotiated an agreement with Dudley Senanayake in 1965 to create District Councils. This is commonly referred to as the Dudley/Chelva Pact.
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              The reason for the Pact was the need for a coalition, to form a Govt. coalition govt was thus formed with Chelva’s FP and Dudley’s UNP with Dudley as the Prime Minister. That coalition govt gazetted the District Councils Bill in 1968 for power devolution.

              The “All Ceylon Minority Tamils United Front” was an organisation representing the Oppressed class. They represented over 80% of the total Tamil population of Lanka. But they had no political voice.
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              The “All Ceylon Minority Tamils United Front” requested the Prime Minister to stay the implementation of the legislation until caste discrimination was eradicated from Jaffna, for this would become another tool in the hands of the Tamil Ruling Class to increase the domination and oppression already practiced on the Tamil depressed class.

              Unfortunately they could not raise the issue in Parliament as ALL Tamil members of parliament were from the Ruling Class. They had no VOICE in parliament.

              They received help from the SLFP, which was in the opposition. The ensuing agitation against the bill forced the PM Dudley, to abrogate the DC Bill (Dudley Chelva Pact) despite the partner in govt, the FP, assuring the PM that cast discrimination would be abolished.

              Quote “The concerted opposition of both Sinhalese dominated political parties and oppressed Tamil groups in the Jaffna Peninsula resulted in the abandonment of the District Council Bill in 1968, an event regarded by both the elite of the Ceylon Tamils and its youth league as an act of betrayal by the Sinhalese” Unquote (“The Rise of Tamil Separatism in Sri Lanka: From Communalism to Secession” By Gnanapala Welhengama, Nirmala Pillay)

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              “In fact, in 1968, Chelvanayakam was confronted by low-caste Tamils challenging him to stand down from his parliamentary seat and contest it again. Other Federalist leaders, S. Nadaraja and A. Amirthalingam (who succeeded Chelvanayakam as leader of the FP, and later the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF)) also failed to respond to the frustrated youth faction of the low-caste Tamils. By 1968 low-caste Tamils lost almost all faith in the FP to move in a new direction” Unquote (ibid)

              Due to the political shock wave caused by the opposition of the Tamil Oppressed Class (the majority Tamil polity) to the implementation of the Dudley Chelva pact, Chelvanayakam’s Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (FP), for the FIRST time since it’s formation in 1949, was FORCED to accommodate OPPRESSED CLASS Tamils within the Party, which for 20 years, had none.

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              the FP had to pay a price. It was forced to accommodate the disgruntled low caste while continuing to rely on the high-caste, landowning Vellalas who held high government positions. Unquote (ibid)

              Re “Caste issues have been endemic in all Sri Lankan societies including the Sinhala. The spellings of the Sinhala surnames give away as to which caste one belongs unlike with the Tamils. The LTTE with all their shortcomings cut through the caste barriers and paved a way forward”

              Please read what Dr N Ethirweerasingham has written in September 2014 which I have posted elsewhere on this page.

              You are exhibiting your arrogance and idiocy with your ill informed comments.

              Sinhala Cast System is also a product of the Hindu Religion but fortunately the influence of over 2 millennia of Buddhism has mellowed it and it is nowhere near the OPPRESSIVE SLAVERY practiced on the North by High Cast Tamils on the Northern Tamils.

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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                “No Burning it was derailed Due to Cast Oppression that people like you practiced on your own people, the Jack Boot of Cast that you wore kept the Tamil majority IGNORANT and IMPOVERISHED while you climbed on their shoulders to get an Education.”

                Mendacity is on display! You are a pathological liar!

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                  Dear Burning Issue,

                  It is unfortunate that even educated People like you, do not know TRUE History and has made no effort to acquire that knowledge yourself.

                  Your knowledge of Tamil History even as RECENT as 1968 is LIMITED to what Your Racist Parents and Elders have Brain Washed you with. Please go to a Library in the UK and refer to a copy of either of the two books that I am quoting from below and update your History Knowledge of High Cast Oppressive Ruling Class Tamils.

                  I hope that I have helped you and others like you, who may read my comment, to shed that Racist Brainwashing, you have received from you Parents and Elders.

                  Sri Lanka in the Modern Age by Nira Wickramasinghe Page 276

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                  Elite politics and caste

                  The District Councils conceived in the, Dudly Senanayakete-Chelvanayakam pact, which aimed at devolving a very modest amount of power to the provinces, immediately became a focus of contention, and were opposed by an array of powerful groups. From within Tamil society there were divides between, those who favoured and those who rejected them, while the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the Sinhala Buddhist constituency of the UNP both opposed them. The All Ceylon Minority Tamils United Front requested the Prime Minister to stay the implementation of the legislation until caste discrimination was eradicated from Jaffna, for this would constitute an instrument to further reduce the rights of Minority Tamils.

                  In spite of the assurance on the part of Federal Party leaders that it was mandatory that caste oppression should be removed, the Prime Minister dropped the bill in mid-1968 in the face of mounting opposition from the SLFP and the left parties.

                  Unquote

                  The Rise of Tamil Separatism in Sri Lanka: From Communalism to Secession By Gnanapala Welhengama, Nirmala Pillay Page 212

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                  Unsurprisingly, low-caste Tamils were not in favour of devolution of power to the regions. They knew that power would be concentrated in the Jaffna high caste and that their position would become worse. Therefore, when the District Development Council Bill, which aimed to devolve power to the regions at district level, was wending its way through parliament, they demanded that the opposition parties oppose the bill. Low-caste Tamils argued that if political and administrative power devolved to the Jaffna Peninsula and to other Tamil conurbations in the coastal area in the north-east, this would operate to the detriment of the oppressed Tamil groups.

                  The District Council Bill also attracted widespread protests from the Sinhalese. They made the, by now standard, argument that the devolution of power to the north and east would result in the erosion of the sovereignty of the island. Large gatherings and marches were organised in Colombo by the Sinhalese to register their opposition to the bill, and in the resulting commotions a Buddhist monk died. The concerted opposition of both Sinhalese-dominated political parties and oppressed Tamil groups in the Jaffna Peninsula resulted in the abandonment of the District Council Bill in 1968, an event regarded by both the elite of the Ceylon Tamils and its youth league as an act of betrayal by the Sinhalese.

                  Unquote

                  You see Burning Issue, your ignorance does not translate to mean that I have lied. You are an Idiot to say so when I have quoted references that any serious commentator would have checked out BEFORE attempting a Challenge.

                  Unfortunately Burning Issue, you are not a serious commentator but an arrogant two bit Idiot, with a Penchant for putting your Foot in the Mouth.

                  Kind Regards,
                  OTC

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          Analyst:-

          “….I mean historically during the heady fifties and sixties Singhala girls preferred Tamil men rather than their own,…”

          It was not a case of the Sinhalese girls preferring Tamil men.

          There was a Concerted Drive in the South at the Time, for Tamil Men to Marry Sinhalese Girls.

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            Dear Hamlet,

            If that is not Rhetoric can you provide proof please?

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              OTC:-If you were my age, you would not need proof!

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                Hamlet,

                I don’t know what your age is but whatever it is, it certainly is not a replacement for proof

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            Hamlet

            “There was a Concerted Drive in the South at the Time, for Tamil Men to Marry Sinhalese Girls.”

            Is it the early Sinhala/Buddhist jihadi love?

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        OTC…Brilliant.

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        Off the Cuff:
        What has this got to with the issue at hand?You should take a rest or a rest cure — may be go to the tourist center in the Maldives where some of Vijaya’s fellow- hooligans landed long ago and their descendants live now with correct genes and no doubt speaking the Arya- Sinhala dialect!
        I think the editors of CT should begin editing for relevance and coherence — though a daunting task…

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          Stanislaus,

          What is the “This” that you are referring to? There are a lot of nested comments on this page make yourself clear by referring to the comment that you are writing about.

          Re “I think the editors of CT should begin editing for relevance and coherence — though a daunting task…”

          When you Jump into the middle of a conversation and don’t have the intellect to understand it, it is no surprise to see you like a fish out of water flapping it’s tail!

          Are you seeking a Job at CT?

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      ”These examples are only two of so many instances” is very important.

      1.Yes, this must be read by a much wider population and thus should be translated into Sinhala and Tamil
      2.This author has missed out on one point: the occupation army engaged in economic activities and depriving people of their livelihoods try to please and oblige the occupied people by periodic i.Saturday classes for school students, ii.’shramadana’ in surrounding areas and iii. handing out food stuff to some poor families in a ‘function’.

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        Dear Luxmy Silva and Dr. Nimanthi,

        Luxmy says, “the occupation army engaged in economic activities and depriving people of their livelihoods try to please and oblige the occupied people by periodic

        i.Saturday classes for school students,
        ii.’shramadana’ in surrounding areas and
        iii. handing out food stuff to some poor families in a ‘function’”

        You are cutting your own nose to spite your face!
        Thank you anyway for recording the good side of the Armed forces.

        How can the Army do those good deeds if there is no VACUUM?

        Dr Nagalingam Ethirweerasigham, First President of the BTF and Olympic Silver Medalist writing on September 2014 said,

        “Now I see in Jaffna Peninsula schools in areas where the deprived classes live, competent principals or teachers with qualifications are hard to place. This deprivation shows in the results of students at the National examinations.”

        This is what a Jaffna Resident wrote in July 2015 after reading the Dr. Ethir’s quotation I posted on CT

        “Unfortunately this continues even today.

        The primary schools that are in deprived parts of the Jaffna Peninsula have very low results. I know of many schools where about 3% pass Grade 5 Scholarship Examination.

        Most or all of the children in these schools come from poor families that can be described using the word out caste. Their parents have not studied. This is what professionals call generational lack of education or something like that.

        UNICEF has noticed this problem in SL and Jaffna. These children do not attend school regularly, have no shoes, uniform or basic material like pens.

        They receive cloth, shoes, backpacks etc from the government and some NGOs but this is not enough. If the only uniform is wet what will the child do? In the worst case parents will sell the shoes etc to buy food, toddy or ganja.

        Last year there was an initiative to help these children but I do not know what if anything was done in practice. I believe that the initiative came from UNICEF and the relevant ministries in Colombo.

        Maybe needless to say that better off families (often higher caste) avoid sending their children to these schools.

        All the schools I know of have been recently nicely repaired and painted thanks to the attention and money that MR sent.

        MR did many good things in Jaffna after 2009 like building roads, schools, telephone lines, electricity network. What he did with human and political rights is another matter.

        In the nice school buildings we will find many incompetent and/or lethargic teachers. Having a degree in something does not make a graduate a good teacher”

        Jaffna boasts the BEST school system in the Island from British times. How then do we have almost TOTAL illiteracy amongst the Poor?

        Something or Someone has kept them ignorant.

        Now let’s look at the Historical situation of Jaffna and the North. This has been the situation in Jaffna for Centuries. Not decades but CENTURIES.

        Ragunathan (2004: 22-23) listed a series of 24 customary prohibitions enforced by the upper caste elite on Panchamars (Low Casts) during the 1950s.

        Amongst them is a prohibition on Education (item 17). And that Prohibition has been applied on some 60% to 75% of the Northern Tamil population!

        What have the Chest Thumping Tamils done to Educate those unfortunates? You want to keep them DOWN for another Century?

        It was foolish for the Central Govt’s of the past to give in to the High Cast Tamil politico’s and stop development or getting directly involved in the workings of the North. They should have stepped in with authority and developed the North ensuring the Education of the Low Cast Tamils (who are the Tamil majority).

        If they did that we would not have seen a Prabahkaran and High Cast Tamil domination of the Tamil polity of the North would have ended.

        It is good to see the Forces taking steps to Educate the poor. It is long overdue. If the NPC can’t do it get the forces to do it. The High Cast Politico’s should not be allowed to dominate and deprive the low cast Tamils any more.

        See full list of prohibitions identified by Ragunathan below.

        1. Males should not wear an upper garment.
        2. ‘Verti’ should not hang below the ankle.
        3. Men should not wear “Shalvei” on the shoulder.
        4. Females should not wear an upper garment.
        5. Females should not wear the “thaavani” (sari “potta”).
        6. The Panchamar should not travel unnecessarily on roads and in public places. When proceeding on permitted paths, they must announce their coming by dragging a “kaavolei” (dried Palmyrah leaf) behind them.

        7. Panchamar must not wear any jewellery.
        8. Panchamar should not tie “thali” (wedding necklace).
        9. Panchamar must not wear white for higher rituals.
        10. Panchamar must not wear white for important/special rituals.
        11. They must bury the dead without cremation.
        12. Use of musical instruments to rejoice or mourn prohibited.
        13. Music at auspicious or inauspicious functions prohibited.
        14. They should not use the ponds of the “high” castes.
        15. They must not use umbrellas.
        16. They must not wear footwear.
        17. They must not study.
        18. Gods of the “high” castes prohibited in their temples.
        19. They cannot enter the “high” caste temples.
        20. They must not enter tea-shops.
        21. They must not draw water from public wells.
        22. They cannot either drive or travel in cycles and cars.
        23. They cannot sit while traveling in buses.
        24. In schools, they were not allowed to sit on chairs.
        .
        Dear Assistant Professor (Literature) of Colgate University, USA, Dr. Nimanthi Perera-Rajasingham, Being an Educator yourself, why did you refrain from looking at the state of Education in the North?
        .
        Did you know about the Prohibitions that the Larger Tamil Polity was subjected to, in the North? Or is ALL this New to you?
        .
        Kind Regards,
        OTC

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          Burning Issue, Analyst, Hamlet, Dimi and Other Terrible Castists KASmaalams,

          Read the following excerpt from
          Caste Discrimination and Social Justice in Sri Lanka: An Overview

          Kalinga Tudor Silva
          P.P. Sivapragasam
          Paramsothy Thanges

          2. Caste Discrimination in Sinhala Society

          In Sinhala society, the pre-British Kandyan Kingdom organised a feudal social order accompanying political system, ritual order, land tenure and extraction of services around the institution of caste as meticulously elaborated by Ralph Peiris (1956). Since the Radala ruling elite was identified as a “born to rule” social formation was limited to a privileged few. The lower orders of society consisted of a Goigama, i.e. “independent” peasantry comprising the bulk of Sinhala population, coastal caste groups who were somewhat outside the indigenous caste system, a range of service castes with hereditary rajakariya
          (“service to the king”) services assigned to them with access to land tied to delivery of these services. Besides, some caste groups expected to perform “menial” and “unclean” services such as removal of dead animals and dirt (Rodi), public execution of criminals (Gahala) and manufacture and supply of mats and other useful artifacts using raw material collected from the jungle,considered outside the pale of human civilisation (Kinnara).

          In Sinhala society, the lower the caste status the more excluded they were from power, land ownership and sources of honour and human dignity (Silva 1982, 1992, 2006). Those with so-called menial services assigned to them were less than one percent of the total Sinhala population, who often lived in isolated but congested villages usually hidden in the jungle. Caste discrimination, however, was not limited to bearers of so-called menial services but included groups like Vahumpura (domestic servants of Goigama), Padu (farm workers of Goigama), Kumbal (potters), Berava (drummers and dancers), Rada (washermen) and Nawandanna (smiths) (Jiggins 1979). All these groups combined probably constituted as many as 20-30 per cent of the Sinhala population.

          For these low-caste groups, the lower status was upheld by overlapping
          conditions such as landlessness, caste-specific family and personal names, service obligations towards higher orders in society, forms of dress and patterns of deference and demeanor built into inter-caste relations of all kinds. Unlike Hinduism, Buddhism, the predominant religion among Sinhalese, had an ambiguous relationship with caste. While the Buddhist doctrine strongly condemned caste, Buddhist organisations in Sri Lanka had adopted caste as a principle of social set up among Buddhist monks and exploited it for mobilising ritual services and extracting surplus from temple property. The popular annual
          religious rituals and cultural pageantries such as the Kandy Perahara conducted in honour of sacred tooth relic in the Temple of the Tooth where the four guardian deities were displayed the caste order in society was celebrated in some ways (Seneviratne 1978).

          Many of the underprivileged caste groups in Sinhala society have gradually managed to uplift their status and living conditions using opportunities offered by the Sri Lankan welfare state, including free education and opportunities offered by patronage politics and market mechanisms. These opportunities, however, have not evenly benefited all such caste groups or all members within a specific caste group, and there are many depressed caste pockets where poverty, landlessness, low human dignity, unemployment and poor living conditions in general exist side by side with continued discrimination on the part of surrounding communities as well as government institutions such as schools in some instances at least. Many of the depressed caste Sinhala communities studied under this project revealed low educational achievement,
          extreme poverty, over-crowdedness, poor asset ownership, continued pressure to pursue hereditary caste occupations in spite of the marked dislike for such occupations among the younger generations and manifestations of social marginalisation such as alcoholism and other social pathologies.

          This situation was clearly manifest in the Kinnara village of Henawala in Kandy district, where the educational achievement was low and, therefore, the bulk of population was engaged in traditional craft occupations (mat weaving and manufacture of dusters and Kandyan ornaments with limited income and limited avenues for advancement (see Table 2).

          Table 2:Adult Population in Henawala by Level of Education, 2007
          Educational Level Number Percentage
          Illiterate 21 10.1
          Passed 5th standard 91 44.0
          Passed 8th standard 80 38.6
          GCE OL 11 5.3
          GCE AL 4 0.2
          Total 207 100.0
          Interestingly, many women in this community had resorted to overseas
          employment as domestic servants in Middle-east countries using a new
          opportunity opened up due to globalisation in an obvious attempt to escape caste discrimination prevalent within the local social structure (see Table 3).

          Table 3: Distribution of Households in Henawala by
          Main Occupation, 2007
          Main Occupation No. of
          Households
          Percentage
          Government or private sector paid employment 6 5.3
          Traditional craft 80 70.2
          Overseas employment as domestic helpers 33 28.9
          Casual wage labour 8 7.0
          Total 114 100.0

          This, in turn, points to the limitation of the caste-blind policy that has been pursued lately in Sri Lanka and the need for special measures for addressing poverty and social exclusion in such settings.

          http://idsn.org/wp-content/uploads/user_folder/pdf/
          New_files/Publications_from_network/
          Caste_discrimination_and_social_justice
          _in_Sri_Lanka__IIDS_working_paper_.pdf

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            Tamil in a Vedda mask,

            Ha ha haa, The Tamil Idiot has finally decided to educate himself after I posted my sources on August 6, 2015 at 2:11 pm.

            As I said before, The origin of the Sinhala Cast system is the same as that of the Jaffna Tamil Cast system which is Hinduism.

            The difference is that the Sinhala system had mellowed with more than 2 Millennia of exposure to Buddhism.

            The Tamil Joker with the Vedda Mask has copied and Pasted an extract without making an argument of his own. (a copy paste artist?)

            Is there anything in the Sinhala system that Prohibits a cast to come out in Daylight? It exists in the Jaffna system

            Describing the Pallas and Parayas in the mid 20th century Dr Jane Russel says

            Quote
            They are a numerous but abject and despised race. Their principal occupation is ploughing the land of the more fortunate Tamils, and though normally free, they are usually slaves in almost every sense of the word.

            The outcastes or parayas had a deplorable social status. Among this group, there was a caste unique to Jaffna, the turumbas or washermen to the parayas. They were not allowed to be seen in the daylight and could only travel by night.
            Unquote (Communal Politics 1931 – 47 Dr Jane Russell)

            Is there anything in the Sinhala system that parallels the following

            They must not study
            Males should not wear an upper garment.
            Females should not wear an upper garment.

            The Panchamar should not travel unnecessarily on roads and in public places. When proceeding on permitted paths, they must announce their coming by dragging a “kaavolei” (dried Palmyrah leaf) behind them.

            Panchamar must not wear any jewellery.
            They must bury the dead without cremation.
            Use of musical instruments to rejoice or mourn prohibited.
            Music at auspicious or inauspicious functions prohibited.
            They should not use the ponds of the “high” castes.

            They must not use umbrellas.
            They must not wear footwear.
            They cannot enter the “high” caste temples.
            They must not enter tea-shops.
            They must not draw water from public wells.
            They cannot either drive or travel in cycles and cars.
            They cannot sit while traveling in buses.
            In schools, they were not allowed to sit on chairs.

            The Tamil in a Mask has overlooked to read the document.
            Here are some excerpts the idiot overlooked in his haste.

            The Sinhala caste system may be considered mild compared to the Hindu caste systems due to secular nature of the hierarchy, critical doctrinal perspective in relation to caste in Buddhism, the predominant religion in Sinhala society, lack of a notion of untouchability and relatively small size of the bottom layer of society.

            The caste system among Sri Lanka Tamils in Jaffna can be seen as the most rigid and the one with clearly defined patterns of
            inequality, discrimination and social rejection driven by a religiously defined notion of untouchability.

            Power, influence and high status in Jaffna society have been held by the land-owning Vellālar caste, considered the dominant caste for all intentions and purposes.

            The bottom layer of the Jaffna caste system is collectively referred to as “Panchamar”, consisting of Vannār (dhoby), Ampattar (barber), Pallar (landless labourers), Nalavar (toddy tappers) and Parayar (funeral drummer) traditionally accorded untouchable status in Jaffna society. Traditionally they made up about 18% of the Jaffna population as compared to nearly 50% Vellālar population in the peninsula in the pre-war period. There were many forms of discrimination against the Panchamar “outcasts” ranging from prohibitions against any kind of respectable clothing to denial of access to public transport, drinking water, temples, tea houses and the like.

            Copy Paste is useless without an accompanying argument.

            BTW your link does not work

            Wish you well with the re education project.

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              I have been saying that OTC is intellectually dishonest; this post of his/her stands as a testament of that!

              It is mind boggling that this dishonest character harps on about the Jaffna caste system in mitigation for Sinhala Buddhist aggression towards the Tamils. The fact that this individual has no other excuse than blaming the Jaffna caste system speaks volume. This bankrupt individual has no real defence or rational for the Sinhala Buddhist aggression towards the minorities.

              In the past he cited the Thesavalami law, Nepotism among the Tamil civil servants, Christian dominated education etc. All have been proved wrong. Now this lost sole clings onto the Jaffna caste system!

              My simple advice is Grow Up fast!

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                Burning Issue

                I have copy pasted excerpt from “Caste Discrimination and Social Justice in Sri Lanka: An Overview” above without any comments.

                I have access to several other sources on caste and how this was practiced through out the island for many centuries.

                OTC does a very good job of exposing himself and his sidekicks. So don’t stop him.

                A survey of his typing in this forum and elsewhere will show not only his inability to comprehend and put facts in time/space perspective but also absence of facts/reference/lack of credible source material, makes this man/woman very very stupid racist.

                The only problem is how do you make him realise that he is a sad racist who needs some fun, a man who has been deprived of sex and fun since he was a teenager.

                Now and then he finds his sidekicks, who are equally racist and dishonest.

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                  Hello Dear Tamil in a Vedda Mask who calls himself a “Native Vedda”,

                  Ha ha haa, the Tamil Idiot impersonating a Vedda says

                  “A survey of his typing in this forum and elsewhere will show not only his inability to comprehend and put facts in time/space perspective but also absence of facts/reference/lack of credible source material, makes this man/woman very very stupid racist.”

                  I posted my sources on August 6, 2015 at 2:11 pm. One week later, on August 13 the Tamil Idiot uses one of my so called “DUBIOUS” references and Copy Pastes a part of it. No argument made or opinion expressed.

                  Here are those sources again for you to identify the DUBIOUS source material!

                  I would also invite Burning Issue or ANYBODY else who claims that the sources are Dubious, to indicate the Dubious sources and explain why such sources are Dubious, with reference to RELIABLE sources and Factual Verifiable evidence.

                  1. Dutch map of 1724 which shows exactly where the Tamil Homeland was.
                  http://www.atlasofmutualheritage.nl/en/Map-Ceylon.5852
                  .
                  2. Dutch record that corroborates the above map clearly identifying the Sinhala Kandyan Kingdom’s Northern Border running through Elephant Pass.
                  http://www.atlasofmutualheritage.nl/en/Elephant-Pass.813p#Details.
                  .
                  3. “Ceylon Under British Rule, 1795-1932” By Lennox A Mills

                  4. “Islanded: Britain, Sri Lanka, and the Bounds of an Indian Ocean Colony” By Sujit Sivasundaram

                  5. “The Temporal and Spiritual Conquest of Ceylon” by Queroz

                  6. Sri Lanka in the Modern Age by Nira Wickramasingha

                  7. “The Political Construction of Defensive Nationalism: The 1968 Temple-Entry Crisis in Northern Sri Lanka” by Bryan Pfaffenberger
                  .
                  8. The works of Dr. Michael Roberts (provides a wealth of information)
                  .
                  9. The PhD thesis of Dr. Jane Russell who lived in Jaffna while doing her research for her PhD. Her book “Communal Politics under the Donoughmore Constitution, 1931 – 1947” is authoritative and provides an insight to both Sinhala and Tamil politics and society during the Donoughmore period. Print Copy available at Thisara Publications, Lanka
                  .
                  Electronic IMAGE copy available here http://www.noolaham.net/project/37/3675/3675.pdf
                  .
                  10. “The Rajah of the North – Percival Acland Dyke” by Bertram E. S. J. Bastiampillai
                  .
                  11. Naga’s comment on CT based on “Mattakalappu Mammiam” https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/our-struggle-will-continue-until-there-is-justice-to-tamils/#comment-1864227
                  Downloadable from http://noolaham.net/project/02/199/199.htm
                  .
                  12. University Teacher’s for Human Rights (Jaffna) Reports
                  .
                  13. “Casteless or Caste-blind?” jointly authored by P.P. Sivapragasam, Paramsothy Thanges and Kalinga Tudor Silva.
                  .
                  14. “Jaffna: Exorcising the Past and Holding the Vision” by Neville Jayaweera, former GA Jaffna. Some of the content was serialised in “The Island” Newspaper. It is also available from Mr Neville Jayaweera’s blog. His experiences of Jaffna are related in 10 parts. available here http://nevillejayaweera.blogspot.com/search/label/Autobiographical%20Writings
                  .
                  15. Prevention of Social Disabilities Act of 1957 (PSDA) SL Parliament
                  16. Amendment to PSDA, SL Parliament
                  17. Prof K M de Silva, Historian and former member of the University Grants Commission (UGC), and its Vice-Chairman
                  .
                  18. “The Rise of Tamil Separatism in Sri Lanka: From Communalism to Secession” by Gnanapala Welhengama, Nirmala Pillay

                  19. The “Last Phase” a documentary of over 50 minutes, mostly narrated in Tamil by Tamil victims subtitled in English and Tamil.
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQmn4ubPy5A&list=UUBdzG33nDUhi5bc_Ljj9VfA
                  .
                  20. Dr. Nagalingam Ethirweerasingham, the Olympic and Asian Games Medalist and the first president of the Global Tamil Forum.
                  .
                  21. Sebastian Rasalingum a low cast Tamil from Jaffna married to an Indian Tamil, now in his 80s and living in Canada. He is one of the VERY few Low Cast Tamils of his Era to have obtained an Education (due to moving to the Sinhala South). Education was Prohibited to the the Low Cast Tamils constituting between 60-75% of Tamil population of the North. When the Indian Tamils are included the Low cast population would consist of about 80% of Lanka’s Tamil Population. ALL of them were OPPRESSED by the Tamils themselves. His writings reflects the experiences of a VICTIM of Tamil High Cast Oppression.
                  http://www.island.lk/,
                  dbsjeyaraj.com
                  http://www.srilankaguardian.org/search/label/Sebastian%20Rasalingam
                  .
                  22. Gajalakshmi Paramasivam, A Lanka Tamil Australian Lady involved in charity work in the North. http://www.srilankaguardian.org/search/label/Gaja%20Lakshmi%20Paramasivam
                  .
                  23. DBS Jayaraj
                  http://dbsjeyaraj.com.
                  .
                  24. Ms Perle Thevanayagam, Tamil Journalist resident in UK
                  http://www.srilankaguardian.org/search/label/Pearl%20Thevanayagam
                  .
                  25. Mr. Thomas Johnpulle, Econometrist
                  http://www.srilankaguardian.org/search/?q=Thomas+Johnpulle
                  .
                  26. Mr. Thanges Paramsothy’s, articles on CT
                  27. Prof Pradeep Jeganathan a Tamil Intelectual.
                  28. The Waste Lands Acts (Colonial British Enactments)
                  29. Crown Land Enforcement Ordinance. (Colonial British Enactments)
                  30. Land Settlement Ordinance. (Colonial British Enactments)
                  31. The UK Privy Council Judgments re the Citizenship Act
                  32. The Rome Statue, The International Criminal Court
                  33. The UNSG’s POE Report, The UN

                  I hope that the Tamil who ACTS like a Modern day King Solomon, PROVE to the CT readership, that he is TRULY a King Solomon whose wisdom is unparalleled here on CT.

                  But I am certain he will not do so.

                  I also hope he will stop playing hide and seek from under the Verti of others (in this case Burning Issue’s) and will address his reply directly to me. He got caught trying to “Tipex” Historic dates and since then he has very “BRAVELY” avoided direct confrontation as the many comments even on this web page will attest!

                  I of course know he is just a Wisecracking Idiot, incapable of taking a Challenge or writing a well argued comment and is prone to litter CT with idiotic and absolutely useless “LISTS” and senseless one or two line comments, driven by his incurable Doggie reflex (a dog pees at every lamp post, tree, bush or tire on it’s aimless trek).

                  Let’s see whether He has the Guts, the Intelligence and the Integrity to stand on his own two feet and PROVE what he has said in his comment time stamped August 14, 2015 at 4:06 pm.

                  Over to you Mr. “Native Vedda”

                  Kind Regards,
                  OTC

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                Dear Burning Issue,

                Rhetoric and More Rhetoric.

                Not a SINGLE Issue Raised has been countered.

                Who is dishonest and who is not can be seen when you read the comment I have addressed to you at this Link

                https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/postwar-domination-by-other-mean-militarism-buddhism-tourism-in-the-north-of-sri-lanka/comment-page-1/#comment-1871862

                Please read and get educated

                Re “In the past he cited the Thesavalami law, Nepotism among the Tamil civil servants, Christian dominated education etc. All have been proved wrong. Now this lost sole clings onto the Jaffna caste system!”

                All has been Proved Wrong?
                Why don’t you cite a SINGLE case where you have been proven Right and I proven wrong by EVIDENCE provided by you.

                A few months back you said you will cite such a comment but that has never come to pass.

                There are other issues you tried to establish with Rhetoric, such as the Secular Govt of the UK, The Trinco Buddha statue being protected by the Buddhism Clause on Buddhism where you finally claimed that CJ Sarath Silva’s Bias is proven by Sarath N Silva becoming a Buddhist Priest on retirement! That guy is still wearing Long Pants. ha ha haa.

                You make spurious and untruthful statements that is never supported by a reference while I provide references. Being the Arrogant High Cast Idiot you are, you continue with your denials.

                BTW you have avoided the following two questions

                1. Although the Low Cast Tamils were the overwhelming majority in the North it took 30 years for a Low Cast Tamil to enter Parliament under Universal Suffrage. Can you explain why?

                2. Jaffna boasts the BEST school system in the Island from British times. How then do we have almost TOTAL illiteracy amongst the Jaffna Tamil Poor?

                Kind Regards,
                OTC

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    I happened to question the Army person who was relating the spiel about Sanghamitta landing at this point etc to Tourists, and was asked to shut up.

    BTW, I am a Sinhalese and a Buddhist who has read and understood the Kalama Sutta, of the Buddha.

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      Hamlet

      “BTW, I am a Sinhalese and a Buddhist who has read and understood the Kalama Sutta, of the Buddha.”

      I am happy you are not a Sinhala/Buddhist.

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        Native Veddah, thank you for understanding the difference! I certainly am not a Sinhala/Buddhist!

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    A land bearing the thombu name “Pothipulam” (land of the Bodhi) located on the coast of Mathakal, is identified by local legend as the point of disembarkation of Sangamiththa. This land is still owned by the Tissanayagam family. There used to exist on its precincts, an ancient Bo tree which was widely believed to be one of the original saplings. This tree and the old house called Pothipulam Valawu which had been taken over by the Sri Lanka Army, were both destroyed during the disturbances of 1983.

    Devanampiyatissa is said to have erected a Vihara at the port of Jambukola called Jambukola Vihara and another; Tissa Maha Vihara in close proximity.[15][16] Rasanayagam in his book Ancient Jaffna states that is his day, the ruins of a Dagaba and Vihara could still be seen close to the port, which could have been the site of Jambukola Vihara. He also suggests that a site about a 100 yards opposite the Paralay Kandasamy Temple at Chullipuram perhaps could mark the site of Tissa Maha Vihara. This area which was once known as Tissa Maluwa is now popularly called Tissamalai by the Tamils of the area. However the map issued by the surveyor generals office still carries the old name.

    More at
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tissanayagam_family

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      Thank you for this valuable information and the reference.

      We are trying to compartmentalize and intertwine history. The ingrained thought that a Buddhist has to be Sinhalese and not a Tamil, is one of the factors that keeps us apart. In the same manner the Tamils have also in recent decades have associated Buddhism with Sinhalese and forgotten that there were amongst them at one time.

      We have to clear many cobwebs from our history and our perceptions, if we are unlock horns and pursue an honest dialogu

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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        Correction:

        We are trying to compartmentalize an intertwined history.

        Dr.RN

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          Dr.Rajasingham

          Where have all the Tamil speaking Buddhists gone?

          The 1881 census estimates recorded there were 12,000 Tamil speaking Buddhist spread through out the island.

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            They must have all escaped and gone to Torronto,Sydney,UK,India and wherever the were welcomed.

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            Come on native,
            They all now sinhala veerayas now. Most of the their generation now diffenders of sinhala budhism & successful politicians…

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              Jamis Muthu Banda

              “They all now sinhala veerayas now. Most of the their generation now diffenders of sinhala budhism & successful politicians… “

              I can understand.

              Is your former commander Karuna Amman now a Sinhala/Buddhist? Is he in trouble now?

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                Nop he is very safe, heard from secret sources change his name karunartne …going to start his own business. Try to become Sinhala king of tamils own batticalo….One trusted astrologer told me, he is impotent…..karma man karma…

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                  Jamis Muthu Banda

                  Sundar Pichai, a Madarasi has been appointed chief executive of Google. Indra Nooyi, another Madarasi is the chairperson and chief executive officer of Pepsico.

                  Sri Lankies who are born with brilliant mind still cannot make to the top. What the hack are these Sinhalese and Tamils doing in their superior country.

                  Do you consider Sundar and Indra your umbilical relation or two vadukkas from Toilet Nadu?

                  Come to think of it, you stupid Tamils and your stupid Sinhalese brethren do not have the time, vision nor energy to progress. Instead of progressing you both spend all your time and energy pulling each other down the drain.

                  You both share not only stupid gene but self destructive one as well.

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                    Native here is a list of Vibushana’s and , Jim Softly’s and KAS’s Stinking Indian coolies holding high power jobs with multinational conglomerates

                    Sundar Pichaiis CEO of Google
                    Satya Narayana Nadella CEO of Microsoft is
                    Indra Nooyi CEO of Pepsi
                    Nikesh Arora CEO of SoftBank Corp
                    Ajaypal Singh Banga CEO of Mastercard
                    Rakesh Sachdev CEO of Sigma-Aldrich Corporation
                    Francisco D’Souza CEO of Cognizant
                    Rakesh Kapoor CEO Reckitt Benckiser plc
                    Anshu Jain CEO of Deutsche Bank
                    Vikram Pandit CEO Citi Group
                    Shantanu Narayen CEO of Adobe Systems
                    Padmasree Warrior CTO fo CISCO systems and Motorolla
                    Amar Bose – founder of Bose Corporation
                    The list goes on and on
                    Now Indians are breaking in to US State Department

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                      Rajash,

                      The son of the late “Deep Sea King” Ananthan of VVT
                      and his Sinhalese wife, also named Ananthan, is the head of Google
                      India. He studied at MIT and Stanford.

                      It shows what Sri Lankans can do if they move beyond racist hatred
                      and focus on justice, and then achievement and innovation.

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                      Argos

                      There are successful Sri Lankan Tamils and Sinhalease and Muslims and Burghers.

                      Tony Chanmugam brother of cricketer Neil Chanmugam is the CFO of British Telecom.

                      Ravi Ravindran owner of Printcare Sri Lanka is the President of Rotary International

                      I am sure there are many more.

                      So my advise to Vibushana, OTC et el is drop your racist attitude and respect each other

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                      Dear Rajesh,

                      My advise to you and the others is to stop harping on an imagined Sinhala oppression to cover the Nudity of Tamil oppression of Tamils if you don’t want the real history of Tamil Society to be revealed.

                      Secondly you should drop the FRAUDULENT Homeland Claim that is designed to steal Common Public Property for the exclusive use of the Tamils.

                      This map shows the extent of Tamil territory during Dutch Rule and you have no way of contesting that. It proves that all of you are stealing Land, a scarce resource, from the Public.
                      .
                      http://www.atlasofmutualheritage.nl/en/Map-Ceylon.5852
                      .
                      Contesting False Propaganda is not Racism. What do you expect us to do? Allow you to spread your propaganda uncontested?
                      .
                      The fact is, no one has successfully contested what I write, because I write factual comments supported by verifiable references.

                      Kind Regards,
                      OTC

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                      Rajash

                      Would you challenge a mad man when you see one in the street who also has the habit of talking to himself?

                      I am assuming you are rational.

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                      Tamil in a Vedda mask,

                      Re “Would you challenge a mad man when you see one in the street who also has the habit of talking to himself?”

                      Of course a Rational Human wouldn’t but an irrational and indecent pervert would hide behind others and throw stones and jibs at a mad man to indulge in his/her perversion.
                      .
                      But then you are hardly Rational or decent!
                      .
                      A dog pees by reflex, at every stone, bush, tree or lamp post it comes across on it’s aimless roaming. If you cannot control that dogie reflex at least wear a Pamper to help keep CT clean! There is hardly a page on CT that is not littered by your leaking bladder, ha ha haa.
                      .
                      Kind Regards,
                      OTC

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                      Agnos

                      “It shows what Sri Lankans can do if they move beyond racist hatred and focus on justice, and then achievement and innovation”

                      Can they really move above their racial hatred? I doubt it given their self destructive history and possibly shared stupid gene.

                      I am aware of Google’s Indian chief. The only difference is that he had his education outside this island. Hence his focus was on progress. The company reward the persons with ability. Here you need to know somebody who is either connected to somebody or can pull strings to get you high up through the system. Mostly the stupid crony who has the right connections is rewarded.

                      Able men and women leave this island in rows when they get the first opportunity.

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            NV,

            They probably became Tamil-Hindus, Tamil-Christians or Sinhala-Buddhists. A similar process has unfolded in the Wattala to Puttalam belt, where the it has ben a Sinhalising process. The late Cardinal Cooray, accelerated this process by closing down Tamil media denominational schools.

            Dr.RN

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    Excellant piece of work that tells the true nature of Sinhala Buddhism in this island since 1948. Sinhala Buddhism combines Buudhism, Sinhala & Military (Violence). I definitely know that Sangamitta is not a Sinhala by virtue of any means. Buddhism does not teach violence, so Militarisation and Buddhism never go together. Those who believe in Sinhalese culture and true buddhist principles never agree with Violence (Militarisation). If you are a real Buddhist you become Sadhu ( in Tamil Sadhu is a person who is calm,non-violent, peace loving). I am sure you would expect those who become Buddhist Monks are called Sadhu and you expect them to be Sadhu’s. Unfortunately, in public life most of the Sinhala Buddhist Monks in Srilanka do not show that charcter. For in support of Mahinda Rajapkse. It is time for Buddhists of the Nation to prove that they do not support violence, they do not agree with those who teach hatredness with other religions.

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      It was the practice of Ahimsa by the Buddhists which enabled Hinduism to very nearly wipe off Buddhism in India. Emperor Asoka who became a Buddhist was written off from the history of India (till very recently) though well recognised and revered in Sri Lanka.

      It must have occurred to you that the invasions of Sri Lanka by the Hindus from across the Straits was due to the same reason and concerted efforts were made by the invaders to wipe off Buddhism in Sri Lanka, the most destructive being the Chola leader Magha. If the Buddhists had not changed their ways somewhat, and resisted, today there would be no Buddhists or evidence of Buddhism in the land.

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        So, you agree that Sinhala Buddhism is not based on Buddha’s principle of Ahimsa, It is based on violence (torure, murder, genocide).

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          If the Buddhists had practised Ahimasa they would have been massacred willy nilly by the invaders and wiped out from the face of the earth. They were FORCED to defend their lives and property. It seems the LTTE were hopeful that Ahimsa would come to the fore again, and it (LTTE) would have an easy victory for them, but they were surprised yet again at the response. They were unwilling to accept the fate of the Asokan Empire. The LTTE terrorists got what they deserved.

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      why 1948. This started in 1931 when GG ponnamblam asked for 50 50.

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    Vibushana, Rtanawalli etc are aslo rewritting the history of NE in the CT.

    Ratnawalli is an expert in unearthing arehcalogical relating nto Buddhism from thin air.

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      Rajash, is that all you can do?
      Criticise people when they are not present.

      Why don’t you challenge Ratnawali when she writes to CT or in her presence? Fear of exposure?

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        OTC
        Is that all you can do.
        I knowhow a map of Sri Lanka looks like.
        What does that proof?

        —-
        Why don’t you challenge Ratnawali when she writes to CT or in her presence? Fear of exposure?

        I dont read her rubbish articles in CT.
        Her objective is to instill hatred in meek Sinhala racist like you
        ——

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          Dear Rajash,

          Re “I knowhow a map of Sri Lanka looks like. What does that proof?”

          If you can’t see what it proves you have either not seen it or had difficulty reading it.

          The “Tamil Kingdom” is confined to Peninsular Jaffna and the Wanniar confined to a triangular territory in the North West corner of the mainland. while the Kandyan Kingdom of the Sinhalese extends up to Elephant Pass on the East. There is no Tamil territory in the East.

          As I said earlier, It proves that all of you are stealing Land, a scarce resource, from the Sri Lankan Public, with that Fraudulent Homeland claim of yours. My advice is for you to drop it.

          Re “I dont read her rubbish articles in CT. Her objective is to instill hatred in meek Sinhala racist like you”

          If you don’t read her articles how do you know her objective?

          And do you think it is very Brave to discuss her in hiding? I have confronted all of you including the separatist big wigs may be that is being meek!

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            OTC “Tamil territory during Dutch Rule”

            you poor creature you have to rely on the Dutch?

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              Dear Rajash,

              Yes because it puts your reliance on the British, into the Dust Bin.

              The Dutch came before the British remember?

              Do you have any more arguments to expand the Tamil Kingdom beyond the BORDERS established by the Dutch?

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                OTC I am surprised by you ignorance.
                The Tamils were there when the Dutch came!
                Your knowledge goes only as far as the Dutch. This throws all your arguements in t he dustbin

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                  Rajash

                  “OTC I am surprised by you ignorance.”

                  Indeed I am surprised by your ignorance.

                  “Your knowledge goes only as far as the Dutch.”

                  Information, knowledge, honesty, …. and copy paste con artist OTC don’t mix. I am indeed surprised by your ignorance.

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                    Hello “Native Vedda” the Tamil in the Vedda Mask,

                    Again hiding under a Verti!
                    This time under Rajash’s
                    Ha ha haaa.

                    I thought you have vanished but glad to note that you are still here. You have overlooked a comment directly addressed to you. For your convenience I am providing the link to it.
                    .
                    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/postwar-domination-by-other-mean-militarism-buddhism-tourism-in-the-north-of-sri-lanka/comment-page-1/#comment-1871901
                    .
                    Just click on it and you will be taken directly to the comment that you are avoiding, posted almost 15 hours before you current comment. (August 15 at 12:35 am).

                    here are the last few paragraphs of that comment

                    I hope that the Tamil who ACTS like a Modern day King Solomon, PROVE to the CT readership, that he is TRULY a King Solomon whose wisdom is unparalleled here on CT.

                    But I am certain he will not do so.

                    I also hope he will stop playing hide and seek from under the Verti of others (in this case Burning Issue’s) and will address his reply directly to me. He got caught trying to “Tipex” Historic dates and since then he has very “BRAVELY” avoided direct confrontation as the many comments even on this web page will attest!

                    I of course know he is just a Wisecracking Idiot, incapable of taking a Challenge or writing a well argued comment and is prone to litter CT with idiotic and absolutely useless “LISTS” and senseless one or two line comments, driven by his incurable Doggie reflex (a dog pees at every lamp post, tree, bush or tire on it’s aimless trek).

                    Let’s see whether He has the Guts, the Intelligence and the Integrity to stand on his own two feet and PROVE what he has said in his comment time stamped August 14, 2015 at 4:06 pm.

                    Over to you Mr. “Native Vedda”

                    That was the last few paragraphs of my comment to you. Please read and respond to the whole, it’s only one click away!

                    Do you have the Guts, the Intelligence and the Integrity or are you just a coward and an Idiot without any Integrity?

                    I do hope you are not a coward and you overlooked the comment addressed to you by mistake.

                    Kind Regards,
                    OTC

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                  Rajash,

                  Yes the Tamils were there just as the Sinhalese and Muslims were there just like any other area of Lanka were there is a mixed habitation. Unfortunately for those who claim a Historical Tamil Homeland, the East NEVER had a Tamil Rule.

                  And for those who claim a CONTIGUOUS Tamil habitation from the North to the East, the Numbers where insufficient to populate that Imagined Contiguous Homeland.

                  I am not surprised at your lack of knowledge about the arguments put forward by the Tamils to claim an Exclusive Historical Tamil Homeland.

                  You see Rajash, those Dutch Maps and other Dutch records puts the Tamil Reliance on the British to claim that Exclusive HISTORICAL Tamil Homeland in the Dust Bin.

                  Kind Regards,
                  OTC

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                    OTC you refuse to grow up

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                      Rajash,

                      You are not even aware of the basis of the Historical Homeland claim

                      BTW I am grown up but are you?

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    Utter nonsense. When peace and democracy returns to any part of the world investments and tourism follows. One time most of the Galle fort was bought by foreigners. Rich chaps from the third world buy a lot of property in places like London & Singapore . At any given time london is full of more foreigners than Britishers. Like every other place in the world Jaffna also must change and will change. Most sinhalese also would like to keep Wellawatte as a sinhala town and Beruwala as a sinhala port. But times will not stay still. There are immigrations ,settlements, investments and tourism. Changes happen….Would it have been better under the control of Prabakaran and his demented gang ?

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      Most Sinhalese Buddhists would like to keep Wellawatte as a Sinhala town and Beruwela as a Sinhalese port. So what is stopping them? The Tamils and Muslims of Wellawatte and Beruwela came here legally and purchased these lands and set up businesses legally from the Sinhalese who sold this to them willingly with no coercion. This is the difference, people moving freely and legally in a land, that should be allowed. However what is happening in the North and East is the state and the military are deliberately undertaking and ethnic cleansing and demographic change by settling Sinhalese in ancient Tamil lands to change the demography to make the indigenous Tamils in these areas a marginalised voiceless powerless minority in their own lands. They are trying to make false claims and concocting false history and using all the government apparatus to effect this change. The has already happened in large parts of the east. The indigenous Tamils who were an outright majority until the 1950s, have been reduced to a marginalised powerless minority of around 40% in the east. They are now being kept out of everything because of large scale state aided Sinhalese colonisation in the east, that has seen the Sinhalese population here increase from 3% in the 1950s to 23%. Now made worse by the Muslims, who themselves came here as refugees a few centuries ago, fleeing Sinhalese and European colonial persecution, conniving with these Sinhalese settlers to deny the indigenous Tamil population of any say in their own land, the very same Tamils who gave them refuge with whom they share a common language and origin and not a fake Arab origin.
      Tamils are forced to come to the south as successive governments since independence have deliberately not developed their lands, so that they will have to leave their lands and be constantly dependant on the Sinhalese south for their employment and living. Further the calculated atrocities deliberately done by the Sinhalese armed forces and government during and after the war to empty Tamil lands of Tamils, so that Sinhalese can be settled ,also brought Tamils in. Even if all the Tamils and Muslims come and live in the south the Sinhalese will still be in a majority, Lastly the Muslim presence in Beruwela in centuries old and they are not newcomers. There has always been an ancient Tamil presence in and around Colombo for ancient and medieval times. The Colombo Chetties are living attestation to this. The word Colombo and may places names in around Colombo including Wellawatte have all a Tamil origin. Not long ago the western and southern littorals of the island was Tamil. Their descendants now may speak Sinhalese and call themselves Sinhalese Buddhists or Catholics.

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    Both Buddhist zand hindu’s share their love for the patron Gods of Sri Lankia. Let thee be a shard worship as therea re common cultural links. Let there be more dialoge on culture and religion. There are more common factors. Ancient Artifacts are sacred to all. Rebuilding these according to the origina is important. Diaspora will gladly pay for this. Let funds be channeled to productive use. There is goodwill among many. Apologies by some. Let not this be lost and for us to drift into cold war.

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    This article is another attempt by Tamil Nationalists trying to create a rift. Does she complain of Born Again christian churches in the north ? No does the Sinhalese complain about Hindu kovils in Sinhala areas. Does this mean Tamil Hegamonism. Does she complaint about mosques all over the country. This is another mode of Sinhala Buddhist bashing. If the sinhalese ,Tamils and muslims are to live together if one single buddhists wants to build a temple in any area I do not see any problem. If no one visits the themple then it will have a natural death. If the sinhalese feel it is a historic place so what? It should not affect the Tamils. The problem is that racist elements in the Tamil community wishes to erase history.

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      vas,

      The difference is that the Buddhist temples have been built by the state and being run/protected by the army! Do you now get it?

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        Burning issue,
        if the state built it it was for the buddhist army personal who are employees of the govt. So whats wrong with it. Don’t you get it d head
        People like you who create mountains out of a mole hill only create violence. we still have not learnt the lessons of a 30 year old war. may be you were educating your refugee children in the west and funding a war using the poor tamil child soldiers as cannon fodder.

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          Did the Sri Lankan govt. build Hindu Temples for the Hindu Govt. employees or Christian churches for the Christian employees or Mosques for the muslim employees? Subsequent Sinhalese govts, since independence will go down in history as responsible for the destruction of Hindu temples, churches, and mosques. They did not spare the schools, libraries and even hospitals in the Tamil areas!!!

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            Unfortunately the number of Tamils and muslims in the Army are a very few. Remember the Tamils joined catholic Prabahakaran who chased away all the vellalas and the low caste hindu tamil children were used as cannon fodder. The vellalas of course went to the west and spoke about this great injustice that they suffered after holding high office here to economically better themselves whilst the poor child soldiers were used to fight the govt. and whilst there children got the best of education. So if Tamils did not join the army it was because they were misled by christian Chelvanayagam, Prabahakaran and the catholic priests like Emmanual. Half truths and ignorance does not help the Sinhalese nor the Tamils.The continuous barrage of Tamil propaganda against the Sinhalese Buddhists must stop. It only creates disruption and violence. Every act of violence in SL has been preceded by actions of chelvanayagam the christian. Incidently do not falsely accuse the Sinhala Buddhists for the 83 riots it was the UNP goons and Raw that created it.The greatest enemy of both Sinhalese and Tamils is the Catholic church which is the trogen horse of violence and destabilisation so that they can convert the poor.

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              vas,

              You have exhibited the majority arrogance eloquently! You have surreptitiously said that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist country ever inch of the land! The army around the world do carry Chaplains with them but always keep them within their compounds! Here we have the Sri Lankan Sinhala Buddhist army associating fabricated history and building Buddhist structures within the N&E. Here we have you coming out with frivolous nonsense to justify it! How long did it take you to trump up this nonsense?

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                Dear Burning,

                Re ” You have exhibited the majority arrogance eloquently!”

                The Tamil psyche has been lucidly explained by Professor Tambia a Tamil himself.

                Quote
                .
                “social upbringing, experience of social dominance; Hinduism and caste supremacy made the Jaffna Tamil feel superior to that of the Sinhalese.
                .
                The Tamils, ‘whose experience of social dominance in their own region and whose sense of greater “orthodoxy” and “orthopraxy” in matters of castes and religious observances made it impossible for them to accept a position of subordination in a polity composed of a Sinhalese majority, who by their standards were inferior in their purity of customs, inferior in talent, and had no historical claim to rule or encompass them Unquote
                .
                Prof Tambia cited by Gnanapala Welhengama, Nirmala Pillai in “The Rise of Tamil Separatism in Sri Lanka: From Communalism to Secession”
                .
                A minority with a highly bloated majority complex?
                .
                That is why even as early as 1921 Sir Ponnambalam Arunachelem proposed a Transnational Tamil Kingdom or a Tamil Akam (Kingdom) that embraced South India, Tamil Colonies and Lanka. The intent was to make the Sinhalese of Lanka a Minority in their own country by including Lanka within a Greater Tamil Region.
                .
                (here is the speech of Sir Arunachelem in Full https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/two-nation-claim-by-chief-minister-wigneswaran/comment-page-1/#comment-1784824)
                .
                Kind Regards,
                OTC

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              vas

              Do you share your script writer with Taraki, sach the stupid, Jazz, Nuisance, ………….. and others?

              Please consider changing your script writer.

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              “Every act of violence in SL has been preceded by actions of chelvanayagam the christian. Incidently do not falsely accuse the Sinhala Buddhists for the 83 riots it was the UNP goons and Raw that created it”

              Muder, looting, and destruction of Tamils and their property DID NOT START IN 1983!! IT STARTED IN THE 1950!! Please do not twist HISTORY to justify the SINHALA MADNESS!!

              So you mean to say that “UNP goons” are not SINHALESE?

              Sri Lanka will only be a better and safer place to live in, when the SINHALESE admits their faults and live up as human beings! Leave Budhism alone! Please do not tarnish Budhism!

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        Dear Burning,

        Re “The difference is that the Buddhist temples have been built by the state and being run/protected by the army!”

        Is that Rhetoric?

        If not Rhetoric produce the evidence.

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      vas

      “No does the Sinhalese complain about Hindu kovils in Sinhala areas.”

      No they don’t for the simple reason they frequent these temples to ask for protection, cure, wealth, success, fear, ………..

      Then why would they object to these temples?

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        NV,

        Yes,you may be right.

        So why the hell Tamils ( if they are Hindus) cannot reciprocate by visiting Buddhist temples as Hinduism in India accepts Lord Buddha as reincarnation of a Hindu God (Lord Shiva, if i’m not mistaken )?

        Wouldn’t this make a world of good for reconciliation of Sinhala & Tamil nations ? who would have to live together for next thousands of years in Sri Lanka , if they like it or not.

        If Sinhala & Tamil Protestants & Catholics share same place of worship, lets make Majority Hindus & Buddhists do the same.

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          John

          “So why the hell Tamils ( if they are Hindus) cannot reciprocate by visiting Buddhist temples as Hinduism in India accepts Lord Buddha as reincarnation of a Hindu God (Lord Shiva, if i’m not mistaken )? “

          I have just spoken to my Elders regarding the above.

          They tell me that until about early 1970 they had seen two or more pictures/photographs decorating Tamil houses, namely Budddha, Gandhi, Ganesha, …… not

          When further questioned, my Elders tell me since the late 1950s after the 1958 riots most of them tended to associate Buddha with Sinhala/Buddhists and the horrible things that happened to them or their kith and kin.

          Then the state sponsored proliferation of Viharas together with appropriation of Bow trees through out the island exclusively for Sinhala/Buddhism would have alienated the Hindus.

          When Sinhala/Buddhism is forced on to others they bound to reject it. When people see Buddhism through saffron clad thugs Sinhala/Buddhism has done immense irrecoverable damage to Buddha and Buddhism.

          Therefore Buddha’s teaching should be liberated from Sinhala/Buddhism and make all people feel they are free to own Buddha’s teachings without the interference, misinterpretation, imposition, …. by the state machinery and the saffron clad thugs.

          Politicians, crooks and now the armed forces are not interested in Buddha’s teaching as we have seen the damage they have done to the island for hundred or so years.

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            NV,
            Your elders are too young. Narrow nationalism started with GG ponnambalam and Chelvanayagam who wanted 50-50 cry after the Donomorh constitution in 1931. This sinhala buddhist haerdism and nationalism was a response to that. It is the arrogance of the Tamils that still persists where they want parts of the sinhala kingdom at the same time live comfortably in the Sinhala areas that has been the creator of this persisting conflict still propagated by the likes of you. The exclusivity of Tamils will never be accepted.

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              vas

              Brilliant new history.

              For your teachers the island’s history started with GG Ponna. I guess you are learning history lessons from sach the stupid, OTC, a liar, plagiarist and a copy paste con artist, Dayan the war monger who does not remember any thing that happened in his life before 1990, Taraki, Jazz, lal loo who cannot comprehend the difference between happiness and gloom, Ramuuuuuuuu another liar who believes in what he believes in, Ravi Perera the Sinhala speaking Demela,………..

              Have you ever taken the trouble to read? Are you familiar with books, journals, News Papers, other forms of media, …. ?

              “Your elders are too young.”

              You must be one of the rare centenarian who is still alive and kicking. Congratulations.

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                NV
                abuse does not negate facts it only reflects once degenerate nature

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            Dear Tamil in a Vedda Mask,

            Re your conversation with you “Elders” “I have just spoken to my Elders regarding the above”

            Was it your Grand father’s and grand mother’s people or Father’s and mother’s people? Unfortunately they must be suffering from Alzheimer’s at an advanced stage of senility. Not a reliable source at all! Let your “Elders” rest in peace twiddling their thumbs to while away the time.
            .
            Now lets see what a Low Cast Tamil has to say about the 1950s. He gives an accurate description of Jaffna, where he was Born in and lived with his Indian Tamil (plantation Tamil) wife and the South he later moved to.
            .
            “When I moved to Hatton and later to Colombo, I found a very different world. It was a transforming experience for me and my wife to find that our workmates, mostly Sinhalese would actually sit with us and share a cup of tea. We found that we could go to night school and study without being threatened, beaten up, or go and borrow books, and do things that would bring swift retribution ‘back in the North’; our dwellings would have been torched and our women raped with impunity.
            .
            This was in the late 1950s…”

            .
            (http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/12770)
            .
            Want more proof?
            .
            Kind Regards,
            OTC

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              OTC,
              Have you noticed that the poor civet cat has been unable to respond to you directly and is reduced to sniping from the sidelines. If you disagree with it you become a ‘racist’ and a ‘liar’. You also became a ‘plagiarist’ by demolishing the fantasy that the Eastern province was ‘traditional Tamil homeland’ by referring to Dutch maps. You need to be careful as to what he might call you next.

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                Ramuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

                No need for you to reconfirm your current job position being the only sidekick to OTC which requires a lot of dishonesty in what you want to say in this forum, no doubt you have proved your abilities with lies and more lies since you started typing here in CT.

                Being a racist improves your job security.

                Wish you well.

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                  Dear Tamil in a Vedda Mask calling himself a “Native Vedda”,

                  Ram said

                  “Have you noticed that the poor civet cat has been unable to respond to you directly and is reduced to sniping from the sidelines”

                  Ha ha haa, PROVE THAT IS UNTRUE

                  You have been trying to regain your lost position by playing Hide and Seek but so far your favourite Hiding Place has been under other people’s Verti.

                  I have reproduce my source list and has issued you a challenge to identify the DUBIOUS sources.

                  Can you please Oblige?

                  Kind Regards,
                  OTC

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                  Dear Tamil in a Vedda Mask calling himself a “Native Vedda”,

                  Ram said

                  “Have you noticed that the poor civet cat has been unable to respond to you directly and is reduced to sniping from the sidelines”

                  Ha ha haa, PROVE THAT IS UNTRUE

                  You have been trying to regain your lost position by playing Hide and Seek but so far your favourite Hiding Place has been under other people’s Verti.

                  I have reproduce my source list and has issued you a challenge to identify the DUBIOUS sources.

                  Can you please Oblige?

                  Kind Regards,
                  OTC

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      No does the Sinhalese complain about Hindu kovils in Sinhala areas

      They destroy Tamil homes, kill, and loot Tamil homes whenever they feel like it, with aiding and abetting from the politicians and the saffron robed ones leading the mobs!!!

      I am just wondering, how many poor people in Sri Lanka from all communities would have benefitted from the Government with the money spent on the “victory memorials” and temple for Sangamitta?

      I wonder how many people in Indian know about Sangamitta or about the “several visits” by Budha to Sri Lanka!!!

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      Vas;- The difference is that Sinhala/Buddhist/Army is trying to rewrite History from a biased point of view. Is it due to Orders from the Top Brass?

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        Hamlet
        If you don’t know history it is not my problem. The sinhalese and Sr Lankan tamils not the kallathonis are greatly intertwined genetically and culturally. The Tamils in the south are sihalanised and Sinhalese in the north are tamilized. When King Parakramabahu the 6th united SL 6 centuries ago it was the sinhalese in Jaffna who helped him. There is nothing to bury. Sinhalese buddhists lived in Jaffna as much as Tamil Buddhists. This mentality of trying to divide the Sri Lankans does not help anybody. This is a ruse by catholics (Prabahakaran) who encourages this division. Stop bashing Sinhala Buddhists because you are inadvertently bashing Tamil Hindus whose culture and even the religion are closely related. If you don’t know Buddha is the 9th reincarnation of Krishna Only catholics gain from it so that they can convert and establish a catholic kingdom with south india under the auspices of Vatican. Finally it is recoloniization.

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          vas

          Here we go again.

          “This is a ruse by catholics (Prabahakaran) who encourages this division.”

          Brilliant.

          What can you tell us about

          Kauda kotiya (Who is the Tiger)(1980),

          Sinhalayage Adisi Hatura (The Unseen Enemy of the Sinhalese)(1970)

          Sinhaluni Budu Sasuna Bera Ganew (Sinhalese Save the Buddhist Religion) 1981,

          Visvavidyalayata Hora Para (Illicit Entry into the University) 1980s,

          From Diabolical Conspiracy (1980?)

          Novels and Sinhala Jathiya by Piyadasa Sirisena,

          Lakmin

          Sinhala Buddhaya

          The Viraya

          Anagarika Dharmapala (the Homeless one),

          A E Goonesinha,

          D S Senanayake

          SWRD Banda

          Rohana Wijeweera (Lesson 5)

          …….

          ……….

          ………

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            off the cuff
            your analysis is incomplete. The Tamils in jaffna except recent immigrants are more closely related to the Sinhalese. I think narrow nationalism that has been the case since independence has been the bane of Sri Lanka and it must stop. Divided we fall united we stand.

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              Dear Vas,

              Genetically each of us whether Tamil or Sinhalese share more than half of our gene pool with each other. This is a Scientific fact. There is also the possibility that the Northern Tamils with an ancestry dating earlier than the Chola invasions are Sinhalese who speak Tamil.

              Sinhalese did not come to Sri Lanka from anywhere. They evolved in Lanka from Tamil and other Indian Subcontinental Parents AND indigenous Local populations inhabiting Lanka at the time those immigrants arrived here and started producing progeny.

              Lanka has been inhabited by modern man for at least 38 millennia. It is the currently scientifically established seat of modern Human Habitation in South East Asia, Balangoda Man is reliably dated to 38,000 YBP.

              Early Sinhalese were Hindu, the dominant religion of Indian parents (the parents arrived here before Lord Buddha’s time, when Buddhism did not exists) but fortunately the Sinhala had escaped the full impact of the Hindu Cast System due to the arrival of Buddhism during Emperor Asoka’s time and the exposure to it’s mellowing aspects for over 2 millennia else if we remained Hindu we would have been as oppressive as the Northern Tamils are on the Northern Tamil Population.
              .
              Re “I think narrow nationalism that has been the case since independence has been the bane of Sri Lanka and it must stop”
              .
              Agree with you completely. When you need Blood in an Emergency you don’t ask whether it is Tamil Blood or Sinhalese Blood do you? The Blood in Blood banks are around 75% Sinhalese.
              .
              You can get genetic information from the following sources

              1. Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations.
              .
              http://www.nature.com/jhg/journal/v59/n1/full/jhg2013112a.html
              .
              2. Genetic affiliations of the Sri Lankan population (1995) Dr. Gautam K. Kshatriya (wiki)
              .
              OR here
              .
              Genetic affinities of Sri Lankan populations Human Biology by Kshatriya, Gautam Kumar
              .
              http://www.lankanewspapers.com/news/2007/6/15923_space.html
              .
              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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                Dear OTC,

                The latest study using mRNA analysis is by Ranawana et. al (2014). I addressed this comment to OTC and Ken Roberts in an article by Dr.Dayan Jayatilleke and reproduce it below for the attention of readers:

                “I spent all afternoon today reading Lanka Ranawana et al, article titled, Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan people: their relation within the island and with the Indian subcontinental population, Journal of Human Genetics (2014), 59,29-36, in Google, which both of you have referred to.

                The results of this study involved different analysis on the Veddas, Up-country Sinhalese, Low-country Sinhalese counterparts, Sri Lankan Tamils and the Indian Tamils in the island. The Muslims were not sampled in this study.

                Their most important results with minimal scientific jargon are:

                1. The Vedda population was genetically separated from other Sri Lankan ethnic .

                2. Two Vedda subgroups were intermingled with the Sinhalese, both Up-country and Low-country, but not with any of the Tamils.

                3. The genetic matrix in which the Tamil and Sinhalese subgroups , that cannot be clearly separated from each other, were observed towards the major branch of the Lankan genetic tree, with the majority of the Vedda people towards the other.

                5. Another analysis of the same data also showed that the majority of the Sinhala and Tamil subgroups form close genetics proximities among themselves.

                6. The Up-country Sinhalese are genetically closer to the Sri Lankan Tamils.

                7. Sri Lankan subgroups were closer to each other, when compared to Indian Tamils.

                8. All the Sinhalese and Tamil subgroups intermingle well with the majority of the Indian subcontinental populations forming a large genetic matrix.

                9. However, the Indian Tamils were separated from the rest of Sri Lankan subgroups, with only two exceptions.

                10. This is further strengthening of the hypothesis that Indian Tamils are genetically distinct from the rest of the Sri Lankan ethnic groups.

                11. Lankan Tamils exhibited similar frequencies of Haploid group M.

                12. A package of Indian-specific mitochondrial DNA harbouring a coalescent age of about 50,000- 70,000 years, were present in the ethnic populations of Sri Lanka.

                13. Haplogroup U2 was found in all studied populations, with its marked high frequency observed in Sri Lankan Tamils.

                14. The western Eurasian contribution to the Sri Lankan maternal gene pool was 19.4 %.

                This study is one step in advance of Kshatriya’s study and has more clarity. Future research can only clarify matters further. In view of these studies should we be discussing , debating and wrangling over which community has the greatest claim to the ownership of Sri Lanka?

                How would the likes of Gunadasa Amarasinghe and and Nalin Silva react to these facts? Have they historical, archeological and literary records to prove what the situation was 50,000 – 70,000 years back?

                What will Dayan say now about his Sinhala nation only theory?

                What will both the Sinhalese and Tamils say about their claimed genetic uniqueness?

                How will we all try to build a Sri Lankan nation on the premise that we are the same people genetically, who came through the Indian mainland from a journey that began in East Africa millions of years ago, to establish ourselves in the Lanka of old and further evolve over the millennia.

                This study is also case for us to endeavour to make our essential genetic unity a basis to accommodate our present and very superficial cultural diversity. I hope sense prevail and nonsense dissipates. Dr.RN ” (April 12,2014)

                Dr.RN

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                  Dear Dr. RN.

                  The Sinhalese are a Hybrid population indigenous to Lanka (not found anywhere else in the world). They were Hindu (the dominant Religion in India at that time) and remained so for several centuries until Buddhism arrived in the 3rd century CE.

                  If their parents were ONLY Tamil then the genetic pool of the Sinhalese and the Lanka Tamils should have a very high correlation with each other. which is not so.

                  If their parents were all from the Indian subcontinent then a similar high correlation with the Indian genetic pool should exist, which again is not so.

                  Hence they are a Mix of Indian Subcontinental populations including Tamils and those who populated Lanka when the Indian subcontinental parents arrived here. (Lanka is the seat of the oldest Modern Human habitation in south East Asia dating back to 38,000 YBP).

                  What was the need to develop/evolve a New language that we now call Sinhala if ALL the parents of the Sinhalese were Indian? Language is only needed for communication.

                  Other than the Vedda, who bred in isolation, there is no known original Indigenous population available for comparison and even the Vedda are supposed to be progeny of Indians and Locals. The pure locals would have been Kuveni’s people but no record of who they were and who they are today, exist.

                  Though their is a high % of Tamil genes within the Sinhalese their geographic origin is uncertain.

                  Vide “No definite association of the Sinhalese with any specific ethnic or linguistic groups of India was, however, detected in this study; thus, their exact immediate origin on the mainland remains yet to be confirmed”

                  The Plantation Tamils have a Unique Genetic make up and though they have been intermixing with Sinhalese they have not done so with the Lanka Tamils.

                  There is no genetic connection between Lanka Tamils and Plantation Tamils who we know are from South India (see 10 of yours). This would not be surprising as all the Plantation Tamils were from the Outcasts of India.

                  Kind Regards,
                  OTC

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    How many Siva Temples between Dehiwala Bridge and Wellala Garden’s Railway station?..

    Do any Sinhala Buddhists own Luxury Condo Towers in Colombo 6?.

    Do they own any Boutique Luxury Hotels along Marine Drive ?..

    This lady is complaining about one Temple in the Land where Buddha set his foot many times.

    Wait till Batalanada Ranil fulfils his undertakings in the MOU to grant full Land Rights and Police Powers to Vellala Chief Sambandan.

    Sanagamitta Vihara might have to be dismantled and shipped back to the South, if Batalanda Ranil forms the next Government with Sambanadan and his TNA as the joint owners.

    Pity our Dalits can’t read English…

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      Sinhala Buddhist Fundamentalist,

      How many Tamil Militray camps are between Dehiwala & your house?
      What relationship Buddha has with Sinhala racists like you?

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        Exactly
        This is what is taught by the fanatics Like BBS GNANNASARA from The South to North , East to the West to go and kill ,steel and murder in the name of LORD BUDDHA WHO WOULD BE TURNING IN HIS GRAVE in utter disgust thinking how his preachings have been mis used by his messengers.( GNANNASARA &Co )
        The gullible modas goes and murders ,pilfers and sell intoxicating materials ect.

        What a turn around in our Buddha land. You can call it A LA LAH LAND. All these had been happening in the name of Lord Buddha.
        Destroying poor civilians houses , lands ,schools, including worshipping buildings because the Lord Buddha was so greedy he asked them to be destroyed and build his religious place.?? Could you believe that?

        This kind of Junta started may be slowly slowly 60years ago by the father of the first communal fires ( SWRD)
        The heady greed of unbelievables happened under the last Regime Again in the name of Lord Buddha.

        The occupying armed forces were given a free ride to destroy , kill the innocent children and women , Rape ,in the name of terrorism By MR JUNTA.
        THE heartless forces of mixed in bred from past slavery ( PORTUGUESE , DUTCH., MALAACANS,INDIANS, ) Have destroyed the Noble Religion.

        What we have seen in the country was murder and blood shed in the name of Lord Buddha started in the North and South and now they’re killing each other.
        May these people die like they did to other human beings.

        God is great.

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          it is the chelvanayagams prabahakarans that created gnassara Thero.not forgetting of course the hippocrits of colombo the machines of the colombo sinhalese who have worked in colombo.

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        Ajith,

        There are no Tamil military camps or Sinhalese military camps in Sri Lanka. What we have are Sri Lankan Military Camps.

        If there is a dearth of Tamils within the Military you should ask why Tamils did not have the courage to defy Prabahkaran’s edict of killing any Tamil who joined the Armed Services.

        Some Tamils did defy Prabahkaran. The Second in command in Jaffna when SF was the Jaffna commander was a Tamil. He was actively targeted by the LTTE though they failed to kill or injure him.
        .
        This Tamil 2nd in Command, had under him, ALL the Sinhalese serving in the North, except SF.
        .
        Kind Regards,
        OTC

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      Sekeram

      Do any Sinhala Buddhists own Luxury Condo Towers in Colombo 6?.

      Maybe, they will want to own if it was a Luxury Condom Tower,along Marine Drive … sure Gnana will.

      Pity our Dalits can’t read English… Hmm…you can read, although materially you are cool.

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      K.A.Sumanasekera,
      How many times did Buddha visit Sri Lanka, and how did he travel from Nepal across the vast Indian subcontinent?
      How did Arahat Mahinda, and his sister Theri Sangamitta, too, travel the same route?

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      @ K A Sumanasekera yiu ask

      “Do any Sinhala Buddhists own Luxury Condo Towers in Colombo 6?. Do they own any Boutique Luxury Hotels along Marine Drive ?..”

      did anyone ever prevent sinhala buddhists from building any flats

      fyi,there are no boutique hotels in marine drive only normal hotels,restaurents and spas (massage joints)!

      and once more for your info the Station restaurant,Barracuda,Mirage Hotel,OZO and almost all the massage joints are all Sinhala owned or they have the major shares

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        P Lover,

        Dalits don’t have even Flats, unless one is a UNP Dalit in Bloemendhal.

        I am talking about Condominiums with Ocean Views….. mate.

        OZO & Mirage both look cool, Even the Buffet is good, But I like the Happy Hour the best.

        We should catch up one day after the Election.

        During the Happy Hour of course.

        BTW, Is that Spa / Auyrvedic Parlour close to Mirage any good?.

        I won’t tell anyone ..

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          @ K A Sumanasekera,though you irritate us with stupid comments i dont want you to lose your money so I advice you to stay away from the Mirage Dinner buffet as its overpriced and not worth it,OZO is good from what I hear

          As for the massage place I’m not sure mate as I dont have money to throw around like you on working girls ;-)

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          KASmaalam K.A Sumanasekera

          “Dalits don’t have even Flats,”

          Has Gota evicted all of them? Poor dalits. Premadasa work very hard to provide homes for the dalits, then came Gota, that is the end of home owning democracy as we knew it.

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          KAS,

          “OZO & Mirage both look cool, Even the Buffet is good, But I like the Happy Hour the best.”

          Don’t know Mirage but Ozone Bar is overpriced for what you get. Interesting view day time especially from the Gents toilet with the buckets.

          “During the Happy Hour of course.”

          Short of money? I prefer day time, no crowd and being able to enjoy the view. During my rare visits to Colombo money is not an issue.

          You may see foreign women exposing themselves at the pool.

          Decent Wifi. Obtain code from the bar.

          After some visits to the Ozone Bar grabbing a bottle from nearby John Keells, sitting on the beach train spotting might be more fun.

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      @Sumanasekeram, “Pity our Dalits can’t read English” – it is darn pitty you cannot write English properly. Every time an article is written in support of real Tamil issues, racist fuc$up Sumanasekeram will pop his ugly head to throw his garbage. Keep this up and this country will move forward. In the last 65 years idiots governed the country and the country has not moved forward, instead has gone backwards. We have a new guy who is doing something good and you imbecile trying to pull him down.

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        Tamil from the north

        Whether the new guy can move the country forward or not he won’t drag the country back unless of course the Sinhala/Buddhists want the country to go back in time to their rotten “romantic past”. And the people will be happy to provide Rajakaria to the king. MR will be their be their best hope.

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          Dear Native,

          You must be referring to former Abiththaya , Chamapaka Ranawaka..

          Because your idol Batalanada Ranil is old silver.

          Champaka didn’t pay the UNP membership for nothing.

          It is the deposit to secure the nomination for Bodhi Sira’s chair .

          After Batalanada Ranil gives Sambandan the e Federal North and the Wahabis get hold of the East by default, it will be Bye Bye to Batalanada,..

          Champika must have already written the slogan ,

          “Make me the President to liberate the Nation” again?..

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            KASmaalam K.A Sumanasekera

            ““Make me the President to liberate the Nation” again?..”

            MR would love it, give it to him, will reward you with whatever you fancy, may be a hot bath and a bottle of palmyra toddy, side dish side walking crab, ……

            Yesterday you knowingly insulted a section of people. An sincere apology is overdue.

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            The Tamils are the historic or original inhabitants of the east. Look at the ancient history of the east it was Tamil and Hindu or Tamil and Tamil Buddhist ( Not Sinhalese Buddhist) All place names and rulers of the east were Tamils. The Muslims only came to the ancient eastern Tamil lands a few centuries ago as refugees fleeing persecution first from the European colonialist and then from the Sinhalese. They were settled here a few centuries ago by the Tamil Naicker kings from Madurai who ruled the Kandyan kingdom and had the overlords of the southern parts of the eastern province. The Sinhalese even much later, Illegally settled in the east by successive Sinhalese governments with the help of the racist Sinhalese armed forces and police. So the east neither the homeland of the Sinhalese nor the Muslims. Just like the Southern central parts of the island are not the homelands of the Tamils, despite many living there for centuries. Tamils are still the largest community in the east 40% ( This despite all the colonisation and ethnic cleansing activities done to them since independence ) not the Muslims. People who come to a land s refugees a century or two ago cannot now marginalise the original population that gave refuge to them and claim these lands as their, just because this now suits the racist Sinhalese and them. 70% of the Muslims live in the Sinhalese areas, so why don’t they claim for Muslims homelands there, why only in the Tamil areas. The reason is the Muslims and Sinhalese now think the Tamils are weak and marginalised so anything can be done to them and their lands. They will never dare to claim an Islamic homeland for the Muslim enclaves in the Sinhalese south where the vast majority of them live

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              We Thamizh are really giving the brothers Grimm a run for their money with these fairy tales :D

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              ‘The Tamils are the historic or original inhabitants of the east’

              No they are not, you are lying. They are descendants of Indian Tamils brought in by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British. There are many British documents to prove this. Have you never seen a map of the Kandyan kingdom? It stretches as far east as Trincomalee.

              On a connected issue – who are the ‘historic or original inhabitants’ of the up-country? And what are you going to do about them?

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                Paul,

                “There are many British documents to prove this.”

                Could you please list them?
                Thanks

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            Kandiah Arasaratnam Sumanasekeram, if the Tamils and Sinhalese cannot live peacefully with each other, then abandon the land and move back to India. Maybe the Veddahs can make a better place out of it. Idiot, nobody is asking the Sinhalese and the Tamils to hold hands to go for a stroll but I am asking each to live with the other peacefully. That’s all!!!!!!!!!!!

            Also is there something mentally wrong with you? Why is that you always write some rubbish? Did you ever go to school?

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              Tamil from the north

              ” Idiot, nobody is asking the Sinhalese and the Tamils to hold hands to go for a stroll”

              KASmaalam K.A Sumanasekera loves to hold Vellala female hands and go for a stroll in Wellawatte, have crab curry from near by restaurant, worship at Madu.

              The problem is no girl/woman would go out with him.

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                @NV, he is also looking for an Anglican, elite vellalah, diasporian girl from Batalanda.

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    I am sure this writer did not wear the “pottu” when seeking permission to visit this
    hotel and when discussing details with a Navy guid?

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    Wait.. there are many Sivan and Murugan Kovils in the South so why should there not be Buddhist Viharas in the North.. Yeah, I do not think the government should be the ones building these though. Maybe one or two..

    this will just make Sinhalese people complacent and lazy anyways..

    SL Tamils .. u know as well as I do that saivism is the most liberal religion on Earth.. Sivan will not care if we worship GOD through a rock, a tree, a man, or if we simply do not worship GOD at all.. How many Tamil homes have Mary photos next to their Sivan photos?

    It is time to assimilate.. And by this I mean selectively of course.. there is no cultural clash at all between Buddha and Sivan… Sivan is omni remember? So he is the friend the enemy and everything that is…

    at the rate the diaspora is growing, we can build as many Kovils as we want in the South in the future… who cares about that if we can not find peace here right now?? Why are people fanning a cultural clash between the communities??

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    I do not think that Mr.Sambanthan group will read this article. They should know about it. There are or were ten Hindu temples and three old Dutch built churches in the area where army has declared as high security zone in Vali North. No one knows what has happened to those Hindu Temples and churches. Whether they are flattened or still exists. Where does this going to end. The Tamil leaders who are seeking votes from the Tamils should be asked about this. They go on putting up the same manifesto at each elections for the last 70 years.

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    Nimanthi Perera-Rajasingham,

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    Nimanthi Perera-Rajasingham,

    Sorry to disagree with you. A small hotel with 4 rooms, a dorm and a restaurant in a former prison is not a major investment or sign of military domination.

    The building of the temple might be more important but still not very significant.

    Are you aware of the numerous Buddhist and other places of worship that exist in the bases of the security forces? These are often open for visitors.

    Instead of a temple and a small boutique hotel try to write next time about the large bases like Palaly and KKS. Many people became IDPs because of Palaly and KKS High Security Zones not because of Fort Hammenhiel and the temple.

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    Mahinda Rajapakse has an intuitive understanding of the bestial sadistic nature of the Sinhalese (hunting lion) and he has done his utmost to satisfy their lust. The sale of a prison bite for $50 at the hotel described by the Author is an example of Mahinda Rajapakse’s perversion. It is in fact an invitation to the likes of Vibhushana and Sumanasekera “come and savour the torture we dished out to the Tamil [Edited out].”

    For proof that Mahinda Rajapakse is not the only pervert compare with Charles Sarvan’s Article “Sri Lanka’s Survivors Of Torture & Sexual Violence” at https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lankas-survivors-of-torture-sexual-violence/.

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    This is ridiculous. Just because a temple was built in Jaffna, this woman is screaming oppression? Come on, there are Kovils all over Colombo and Hindu Dewales built inside temples, all over the country.

    According to Dr Rajasingham, there were 12,000 Tamil Buddhists in the 19th Century.

    Please be more open minded, you’re an author, not a racist. Stop spreading hate and extremism. We should not segregate communities under labels, this will keep us distant and our country forever shall be at a standstill.

    These articles halt the progress of integration. We will never be civilized when all these articles do is divide us. There are Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim extremist idiots, with degrees and certificates that write some bigoted articles.

    These are the ‘intellectuals’ that will keep this country in a mess.

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    The point is not about building Buddhist temples and Buddhist Viharas in the NE. But about the objective. The reason behind building new Buddhist temples in the NE is not about providing place of worship for the Budhist. Its about gradual Sinhalisation of the NE.

    The Hindu temples in the south are very old and goes back many hundred years.I can only think of two new Hindu temples in Colombo the sprung up recently.One is on the marine drive behind the International Busshist Centrein Wellawatte, known as the Visa temple and run by a Sinhalease.This temple was exposed when they demolished an old house for the marine drive

    Another one is Ramakrishna Gardens.I am not sure how this one came up.But this is ammman temple and more Sinhalease pray here than Tamils

    But when you really think about it the Sinhala South is littered with Viharas, Budhha statues etc etc in every nook and corner. The significance and the Holiness of Buddism is lost amongst these “litter”. Litter breeds litter… Thugs in robes.

    Less is Mmore.

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      Good point. Most Hindu temples in the south are pre-independence.

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        You mean when the Tamils had the tacit support of the British?

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        Richard Kaz

        Devinuwara Sri Vishnu Devalaya was built in 7th century with the tacit support of the British which was later destroyed by the Portuguese. Ibn Batuta visited the temple in the 14th century.

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          The Pancha Ishwarams

          Naguleswaram in the North
          Ketheeswaram in the North West
          Koneswaram in the East
          Muneswaram in the West and
          Tondeswaram in the South.

          All were destroyed by the Portuguese during the colonial period. Of these apart from the temple in the South all have been rebuilt during the British or post independent era (wiki)

          The ancient Sinhalese before the arrival of Buddhism in the 3rd century CE were Hindu due to parental influence and they built and worshiped Hindu Temples.

          Hinduism has no Tamil ownership and Buddhism has no Sinhalese ownership.

          Idiocy has no limits when aggravated by a doggie reflex!

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    Isn’t this the ‘lady’ who laid out her fantasies about having sex with the waiter out by the pool in a previous article? Back with another dose of rubbish to entertain We Thamizh I see :D

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      Yes she is. She was seeing a standing man as an Erect Penis!!!

      She wrote “his complete “upright” (pun intended) servicing of her and her post-serviced, on her back, ecstasy tells us a lot”

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/war-domination-by-other-means-postwar-tourism-in-the-east-coast/

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      And you are not Siva Sankaran Sarma. You have stolen his identity to post your racist venom. Why do Sinhalese steal Tamil peoples identity to post their hatred?

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        Cool story, bro :D

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        Paul
        Because the Sinhalese wish to be like Tamils, but they find it difficult, that is why they lsteal Tamil’s identity as a desperate last resort.

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        Siva Sankaran Sarma is Tamil. I thoiught HIndusthani.

        Paul can be a Christian Tamil.

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          Siva Sankaran Sarma is not a Hindustani but a Jaffna Brahmin who used to post in the Sri Lankan forum. Lives in Australia. The Sinhalese and the Muslims hated him, as he used to post a lot of home truths about their real origins. His posts were read by the Sri Lankans Indians and some Australians. The Sri Lankan forum has now ceased operating. Now some of these ex bloggers from the Sri Lankan forum have stolen his name and identity to post their racist crap.
          Sarma/Sharma is Brahmin name. usual North Indian spelling will be
          Shiv Shankar Sharma, however Tamil Brahmins will spell this as Shiva Shankaran Sharma or Siva Sankaran Sarma

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            Dear Paul with the brown gravatar,

            Since you have read and have been “Educated” by the real Australian SSS, can you post at least a few of those “lot of home truths about their real origins”

            Let us also be educated by your “wisdom” about the origin of the Sinhalese

            Kind Regards,
            OTC

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              “Paul” must just be one of the numerous We Thamizh coolies who have attempted unsuccessfully to hijack my identity – now here rambling and raving using yet another stolen identity and referring to his past “deeds” in the third person :D

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                Imposter Sarma,

                Man you are so funny :D

                You know so much about identity stealing wow :D

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            Paul don’t get carried away, this Siva Sankaran Sarma has nothing to do with that coolly who used wipe MARAs. Backside. This. SSS IS pretending to be that Racist SSS namesake (IN SHORT.) because he’s jobless.

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    Typical Rutgers liberal crap. There ARE attempts to generate revenue. The fortress has 4 small rooms. It is an attempt to generate revenue. As for the Temple sure I don’t care but this silly Rutgers Faculty member seems to totally ignore the massive number of Kovils that have appeared. If you go on the Colombo Kandy Road around Ambepussa now there are LARGE Kovils FOR HINDUS. Some suspected those were used by TAMIL TIGER fascists for spying. Those are NEW. EVERYWHERE YOU GO There are massive Mosques. Is that wrong? is it wrong for new Kovils to spring up in the South?

    Stop this racist double speak Ms Perera. You are trying a pathetic Rutgerish Liberal propaganda attempt at further attacking people over trivial things. Focus on Army camps and land. Next you will blame the Tamil Expats now spending their Dollars, Euros in Thal Sevana the fabulous Army resort which is now open to Tamils/foreigners/all Civilians in KKS too.

    Ask Tamil Expats, some of whom are clearly Tiger lovers to NOT go to KKS Thal Sevana on the calm ocean during their Summer holidays in that horrible Sinhala Buddhist lands. In the meantime in t he Singalam homeland in Kandy there are HUGE kovils ringing bells. When did Tamils get to Kandy? only Indian tamils via British. So what is wrong with a temple in Jaffna except your liberal racist crapola can’t bear to state anything positive after Tigers were erased for good. Thankfully they are no more but US dwellers, Germany dwellers have problems that local Tamils do not have.

    The military is trying to generate revenue. What is wrong with that? and what is wrong with massive Kovils and Mosques in the Sinhala Homeland?nothing. So quit your Rutgerish western whining.

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    Nimanthi Perera Rajasingam could have contributed much more to restore ethnic amity and goodwill in Sri Lanka if she had seen the positive side of what see experienced during her tour of Jaffna.

    She could have welcomed the Sangamitta Temple in Dambakota Pokuna as a genuine attempt to help the people of Jaffna understand the close similarities between the Buddhist Middle Path and the Hindu Dharma as explicated in the Dhammapada and the Bhagavad Gita–the two jewels of Buddhism and Hinduism. She should have acknowledged that Buddhist temples in the South accommodate Hindu deities in their temples as a matter of course.

    She objects to the proximity of the Navy camp and the temple attributing sinister motives to the project. She apparently approves the worship of Hindu gods by the Sinhalese but resents the presence of the Sangamitta in an area where no Buddhists live. Buddhism is not a religion, but a phenomenology. Many Hindus follow the Buddhist way of live although they do not identify themselves as such. Lord krishna tells Arjuna in BG2;71;

    “A PERSON who has given up all desires… and is devoid of false ego–he alone can attain real peace.”
    This is also the crux of Buddhism.

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    I hope The person who led the country to destruction, not to “victory” as he claimed, will have a chance to live in the prison he created for the tourists!!!

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      Good point Sam. But I think it will be too luxurious for him and his soldiers will treat him like the King of Prisons it will be too good for him.
      Next alternative would be the Haig to socialise with Papa Duval, Milosevic and who else is alive today in The Haig??

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    Army when not operational do need interesting and challenging projects, otherwise they get slack and end up worse than most of our civil government workers, the worst of which are our politicians living on public funds. In any country military forces are in general most disciplined, they work together to achieve objectives, efficient and effective, and none of those pulling in different directions that civilian teams display. So I am all for giving post-operation military forces projects to do.

    If Tamils always runaway to Tamil Nadu to complain about disputes in the political family, confirming that their roots and loyalty lay in South India, then why keep complain about Sinhala Buddhists setting up a temple wherever they want in the Sinhala Land? NPR’s argument does not make sense to me. If they are a part of this land, resolve problems with the land’s political family in which tamil politicians and academics etc should be proud to be.I have yet to see the Norman desendents in UK running off to Normandy and complain to their guru whenever they have a dispute with the Scots,Irish, or Welsh.

    Look at this NPR story from a different perception. True or not another fable has been created in the form of a temple, of sculptures, a story, and a reason for our romantic countrymen/women to do a trip, an outing, spending money all the way, staying overnight in the locality, hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops arising in an area people dare not go over the last 30-years? A tourist industry in the offing, income, turnover, dollars, GBP coming into the area. Give the region an identity, a purpose and an objective around which people could prosper, utilize their initiatives to develop themselves. Development is not someone from a high place giving donations and handouts as us Sri Lankans always want to think. Development truely comes when people stand up on their own feet and say to themselves, we something here, a focus and an opportunity which we could create some income generating project and run with it.

    Dr NPR, wherever she lives, may think she is the only one on earth that deserves to be prosperous. Give the locals a chance, they may not be complaining as much as you do for a piece of limelight!

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      bo

      “If Tamils always runaway to Tamil Nadu to complain about disputes in the political family, confirming that their roots and loyalty lay in South India,”

      You have a very selective memory.

      From former deposed kings of this island, NM Perera, Colvin and their fellow comrades, Somawansa and his JVP comrades sought refuge in South India. Are you aware of the fact that India is the only closest neighbour of this island and only 20 miles away from our shores? During the height of the JVP terrorism even JR was planning to settle down in Bangalore.

      Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India Prasad Kariyawasam said that the majority Sinhalese,too,were of Indian descent in 2013. He also said Sinhalese race originated from Kalinga.

      If you have problem why don’t you hop on a Kallathonie and sail back to whence your ancestors came, where you will be home while away from home?

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      Why do the Presidents, Prime Ministers, of Sri Lanka goes and worships at Thirupathy, Gurvayur, Puttapathy and several other temples?

      If there is a minor flood in the country they appeal for help from India. When the Sinhala mob goes berserk, they seek help from India to quell them. They cannot manage without the Parrippu, rice, chilies, coriander, potatoes, onions, sarees, sarongs, autos, bicycles etc from India. In short Sri Lanka cannot exist without India!!!

      Think before you write.

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    Ms Perera
    Pls write more about tourist facilities available in Jaffna. Looking forward to your third installment.
    Soma

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      soma,

      “Pls write more about tourist facilities available in Jaffna. Looking forward to your third installment.”

      The famous Casuarana Beach on Karainagar Island has an Army base, Navy base, police post and even police life guards. I believe that there is even a restaurant operated by the Navy. The free drinking water is in a big plastic tank near the police post.

      The signs warning of land mines have been removed.

      Hope this helps.

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    Dear Dr Ms Nimanthi Perera-Rajasingham, Dr Rajasingham Narendran and others,

    This article promoted a discussion that gave much food for thought to the lady writer. I might add that in the North and in South India, there was much Buddhist influence- the philosophy as well as artifacts and archaeological sites. We cannot deny the interpretations that are based on the findings,ruins, place names (Please read “Tamil Net” website and the etymologies)words in daily use etc. Do you know that U-Tube discussions in DBS Jeyaraj’s columns 5 yrs back ( verified by me later via University Dons)we learned that in the Korean Language all the words for Father , Mother and Cousin/Friend /Sister-in-law are pure Tamil words: APPA, AMMA and ANNI even today. Buddhism had been the vehicle…driven by Tamil Buddhist Scholars. The Nobles had embraced the religion and the terms, and the citizens had followed them.

    How did Buddha become an Avatar of Vishnu in a venerable manner ? How did Buddhists of Polonnaruwa/Pulasthi Nagara and of Kandy , specially after the Nayakkars embrace Hindu customs and manners more than customs of any other religion. Read the “Buddhist Commission Report” 0f 1953-1956 (Nothing to do with old Mr SWRD Bandaranaike); Hindus and Buddhists were mercilessly harassed by all 3 foreign invaders(P.D.& THE British) after 1505 A.D.As someone wrote, when countries developed certain sacred areas or even symbols got displaced. Ex. The huge bo-tree that stood at the corner of A-1 and Biyagama Rd in Peliyagoda, near the Police station had to be removed, with the expansion of Kandy Rd.

    Re traditions that devotees believe in, ex. Buddha may have come once to S.L.not several times. Nepal is where Buddha was born as Siddhartha Gautama. His mission was mainly in Maghadha…Patna Area of today. As shown in the histories of the Ancient world , there were trade routes to and from Asia. Still scholars are arguing using new evidence that there was no historical Jesus, but that Rome introduced a Messiah(some Jews believed that a Saviour was yet to come) to keep the Jews in the Middle East agitating for more political & other Rights.)It seems Rome was setting a new ”cult” of Jesus to set them against the Jews. Remember even in the whole of SL only about 100,000 people may have lived in 500 B.C.Today some argue that O.T. Exodus (never was) and legends associated with Moses and King Solomon were Asian-Indian folk tales. Best thing is to leave those to the Social Scientists -Anthropologists, Ethnologists and Historians, without making the issues political.Rather than hurting the feelings of the believers it is better not to argue whether God Exists or not since such ideas cannot be proved nor disproved.

    Since the olden times, Certain Jewish politicians in the West managed to influence some strong Nations of the Day(Balfour Declaration and the Wymer Republic,) & push the Palestinians out and create a so called “Homeland” for the Jews. Its only because they blindly believed that they were the “CHOSEN PEOPLE IN THE BIBLE.”Just imagine, some Palestinians have been living in the camps since 1948…the entire Muslim World and the Jews in that area are in a chaotic , stressful and sad state owing to that inhuman move. I think all of us , PEACE at any cost is the best !

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    Tamil H\eart Land

    What BS.

    Tamils are recent migrents in Sri lanka, most after colonial invasion. Read books and see. Just don’t listen only to your husband.

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      We all know that most of the so called present day Sinhalese are descended largely from low caste Indian Tamil imports from Kerala and Tamil Nadu. May be even your ancestors. Tamils recent immigrants! Which Tamils The Indian origin estate Tamils. Yes they are but not the indigenous Tamils from the north and east. Most of have them have been here longer than most Sinhalese. At least 2300 years. Even your Mahavamsa fable admits to this. You go and read books. Not Lankaweb

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      Hey Jim Shitty, I always wondered whether you ever went beyond Grade 2, today after reading the above comment, I am certain I am wrong. You never went to school at all.

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        Dear TFN,

        Although Tamils amongst other Indian Subcontinental people have come here (a land with human habitation reliably dated to 38,000 YBP) and have contributed to the creation of a New Ethnic Identity called the Sinhalese, only a few of those Tamils could have remained as Tamils instead of as Sinhalese.

        Hence if you subtract the Tamils that are descendants of sub group 3 to 7 from the Total Tamil population, you will see that what Jim says “…. most after colonial invasion” is certainly True.

        Who are the Tamils of Lanka?

        1. Ancient migrants from India (they evolved to be the Sinhalese)
        2. Those brought by Sinhala Kings for work & military service
        3. Invaders from Chola, 1017 AD and later
        4. Those who were brought by the Portuguese
        5. Those who were brought by the Dutch
        6. Those who were brought by the British
        7. Illegal immigrants (still on going)

        Look at it with a logical mind, instead of allowing emotion to dull it.

        Kind Regards,
        OTC

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          But DNA proves that the so called present day Sinhalese have lots of South Indian ( Tamil) genes, compared to the indigenous Tamils. How come. Tamils brought in by the Portuguese and Dutch are now the Sinhalese Karawa, Salagma ,Durawa Etc.(around 50% of the so called present day Sinhalese) The Tamils brought in by the British are the present day India origin estate Tamils living in the central highlands and the south. The descendants of the vast majority of the Chola invaders/immigrants are also now Sinhalese. There was no Sinhalese language people or Sinhalese kings until the 9th century. IT is only after the 12Th century that specific Sinhalese and Tamil kingdoms came into existence. None of the ancient kings even called themselves Sinhalese or Aryans as was no Sinhalese language or people at that time. They were still evolving. Even the South Indian( Tamil) imports by these kings ( workers soldiers ) became Sinhalese. This is why the Sinhalese DNA is very South Indian Tamil compared to the Sri Lankan Tamil

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            Paul
            The moment I started reading your comment I almost fell off the chair laughing mate!!!!!
            All the KARAWES, SALAGAMES and DURAWES CALL THEMSELVES GOVIS /GOVIGAMAS now and Call themselves BUDDHISTS IN BUDDHA LAND ( LAH. LAH. LAND )

            LIKE OTC SAYS the Tamils were brought by the invaders but there are no named Tamils of Pereras, Fernandos and so on. Tamils are mostly with the name like SIVA SANKARAN OR KAMALA SUMANASEKARAN .

            PLEASE STOP CONFUSING THE PEOPLE AND fabricate the ancient history folks.

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              go to Mannar or to the Thuthokudi area in Tamil nadu. Lots of Tamil Karaiyar Paravans with names like Fernando, Silva, Perera, Machado, Costa Etc. Anyway what has all these Portuguese surnames of largely low caste Sinhalised Tamil converts got to do with their Tamil origins?

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              Demalagattara are a social group or caste amongst the Sinhalese of Sri Lanka. Demalagattara are Theravada Buddhists by religion. They are ethnically Sinhalese but proclaim their Tamil ethnic origins, whereas all other South India-derived castes such as Karave, Salagama, Durave and Berava do not emphasise their Tamil links as part of their assimilation into Sinhalese society.
              Some anthropologists believe that the early society of Sri Lanka has looked to neighboring South India for manpower to fulfill functional needs as land was cleared and many new villages found. Demalagatara are believed to be descended from Maravar or Kallar like martial castes of South India who also play an important role as mercenaries medieval Sinhalese kingdoms

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            Dear “Brown” Paul,

            Write something you can prove not things that are idiotic.

            There are 15,250,081 Sinhalese as at the 2012 Census. Half of that is 7,625,040 which is still 340% the Lanka Tamil population.

            Are you claiming that all of these “TAMILS” assimilated and became Sinhalese? Come on brown Paul surely you can make a better argument than that?

            BTW people assimilate into the Dominant race of a territory not in the reverse. You have unwittingly accepted that the Sinhala Race was dominant.

            Re “But DNA proves that the so called present day Sinhalese have lots of South Indian ( Tamil) genes, compared to the indigenous Tamils. How come”

            Why don’t you quote your source?

            At the moment there is no definite proof as to the geographic location of the Parents of the Sinhalese.

            Quote “No definite association of the Sinhalese with any specific ethnic or linguistic groups of India was, however, detected in this study; thus, their exact immediate origin on the mainland remains yet to be confirmed” unquote
            .
            vide “Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations”

            Brown Paul, a discussion of this nature cannot be conducted if you don’t quote your source material.

            I have posted a reply about genetics of the Sri Lankan population in my reply to Dr. RN time stamped August 13, 2015 at 7:20 pm. Please come and join the discussion there but make sure to quote your sources.

            Kind Regards,
            OTC

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              Ok ok ok
              That means we all are related to each other. OTC s DNA is similar to mine as the Racist MR ‘s.
              I am glad we all agree on this then why do we fight kill and destroy ones religious places and so on.

              Why the Hatredness?? It’s all to do with the Politicians ?

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                You are the self proclaimed Analyst!

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                Analyst

                “I am glad we all agree on this then why do we fight kill and destroy ones religious places and so on.”

                It is to do with the self destructive gene you share among yourselves.

                “It’s all to do with the Politicians ?”

                Nopes, it is to do with the stupid gene you share among yourselves.

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              Yes these poor down trodden illiterate low caste imported indentured slave labour from Tamil Nadu and Kerala and settled largely along the western and southern littorals did assimilate as Sinhalese and this is history. Stop bringing stupid arguments not very relevant to deny this historical truth.
              Why did they assimilate 1) They were poor down trodden and had not much of power, so gradually decided to accept the language/culture of the dominant powerful group in the region
              2) During the British and later during the early independence era, these people were classified as Sinhalese and not Tamils and all Tamil language schools were closed. Go and read as to what happened to all the Catholic Tamil language schools in the Chilaw Negombo and Puttalam area.
              The coastal littoral of southern Sri Lanka was inhabited by simple folk of South Indian origin whose main livelihood was fishing, pearling, toddy tapping, cinnamon peeling and being the cannon fodder of local petty kings and chiefs in their constant fights.

              These were, by and large, Tamil or Malayalam ( The daughter language of Tamil) -speaking Hindus as can be attested by the ‘Ge’ or house names of their descendants today in South Sri Lanka. Their primary function of fishing and toddy taping had prevented them, namely the Karave, Salagama & Durave castes, from being absorbed into Buddhism as fishing and toddy tapping were abhorrent functions to the Buddhists

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          OTC have you gone bonkers??
          What about those Pereras ,Fonsecas, Peiriss , Fernandos, Ferdinands, Souzas, Soyzas, and all the other slaves of those evolved into Srilankan FAKE. HISTORY after the mercenaries , merchants, Preachers and the invaders such as Portuguese ,The Dutch, The Malaacans, Indians , The Mullas from the Middle East also the African slaves who were used by these invaders are still here and evolved.

          There is an evolved African Colony in Chilaw/Puttalam area. They try to keep their ancestral culture intact,
          I wonder any one aware of it.

          What about the disease left behind by your Portuguese great great great grand dad along with the religion they left The disease which is under Wrap now, called LEPROSY!!!!! The LEPERS are not treated adequately in the present Health service they have all gone in to the jungles due to the STIGMA.

          They are starving because of the negligence of the Health Department.
          The affluent goes and throws medicine and food to these helpless people.

          OTC DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY??

          I suspect OTC is throwing the toys out of the pram because the Master is expecting a Landslide disaster in the election.
          Disc jockey DJ / GL P/ HENRY DAVID LUNUMIRIS HINDIPALA ( HDLM ) are all related to and commenting here under their ” nom de pllume”

          Good luck and enjoy commenting so am I.

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            Analyst

            “OTC have you gone bonkers??”

            You are being very kind to him.

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            Dear Analyst,

            Your August 12, 2015 at 10:20 pm comment was replied by my comment time stamped August 13, 2015 at 2:00 am.

            You have posted your current comment at 4:37 pm, 14 hrs 37 minutes later. Why are you avoiding my previous reply to you?

            You see Analyst, I have met people like you many times over on internet forums. You think that you are being very clever posting irrelevancies that crop up in an empty head. But it is Idiotic.

            If you think you can waste my time by popping up like a Jack in the Box and running like an idiotic coward, then you are sadly mistaken my boy.

            Get back on your Pram and suck on your soother to keep you calm till your mommy comes back to change your Diaper.

            Kind Regards,
            OTC

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              OTC. Hah hah hah I am sucking my thumb would you like to?

              I think you need a comfort cloth nee nu or something to keep you calm.

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            Analyst

            Have you ever compelled anyone to respond to your comments?

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          Hey ‘Off the Cuff’, what kind of pop up books have you been looking at. I know you never read anything, so I assumed you are simply looking at books not reading them as you are thoroughly incapable of doing so.

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            Tamil from the north

            “I assumed you are simply looking at books not reading them as you are thoroughly incapable of doing so.”

            His mother reads cartoon books for him.

            She has already read Highway robber Utuwankande Sura Saradiel, Apooru Game Podi Aththo, Raja Kaale Punchi Lamayi, Dadaman Osse,Diyen Upan Kumaraya, Ganga Addara Kale, Lassana Wasthuwa,

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              ha ha haa, and you are getting walloped into silence!

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            Hey TFTN,

            I thought you were Dumb not Blind!

            I always quote my sources, look them up without being an Idiot.

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    Jim Softly “Tamils are recent migrents in Sri lanka, most after colonial invasion. Read books and see. Just don’t listen only to your husband”

    You are definitely reading bokks written by Ratawalli and Vibushana.

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      Rajash

      “You are definitely reading bokks written by Ratawalli and Vibushana.”

      Most probably by OTC, Champika, Udaya Ganapathipillai, Nalin de Silva, ……………………. .

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        @NV, come on you forgot Dr. Kandiah Arasaratnam Sumanasekeram our CT Mascot. He wrote a lot of books as well, comic books based on his life.

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          Tamil from the north

          KASmaalam Kandiah Arasaratnam Sumanasekeram does no dwell in history, he is fluent only in Finance and is an expert on Vellala bashing. He stays clear of history and I welcome it. We must give credit where credit is due.

          You never get a straight forward answer to a simple question. When you see him crab walking sideways you know the level of his knowledge and intelligence. Though he is stupid to the core I think he is a honest and open racist.

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    Now that the Tamilians lost control of the north and the east, they are crying about so-called “Sinhala colonization” of “their land”. But when the Tamilians controlled the north and the east, they killed and expelled all of the native residents of that area who were not ethnic Tamilians. The Tamilians are the only race in the world who fought and killed innocent people in order to have a country where only their race lives. The Tamilians should therefore never be allowed to even have a simple majority in any Sri Lankan city.

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      Only native residents in the NE are the Tamils. The Sinhalese are very recent illegal settlers who only came to the north and east after independence. Many in the 1970s. Illegally settled in ethnically cleansed Tamil lands by the successive Sri Lankan governments with the help of the armed forces and police. This land grabbing ethnic cleansing of Tamils and settling Sinhalese illegally, is still going on. It is the Sinhalese who have ethnically cleansed hundreds of thousands of Tamils from their land and not the other way around. How come then there was hardly any Sinhalese in the north less than 1% and only around 3% in the east. Now the North and East there are hundreds and thousands of illegally settled Sinhalese now around 23% in the east and increasing.
      As for the Muslims. They are not native, only arrived in the east a few centuries ago as refugees fleeing first European colonial persecution and then Sinhalese persecution in the Kandyan highlands where they first fled. They were settled in the east by the Tamil Naicker kings of Kandy who had a loose overlordship of the southern parts of the east. Now these Muslims who were given refuge by the eastern Tamils, have denounced their ancient Tamil origin and claimed a fake Arb origin, that only a few of them, partially have, and since independence have been colluding the Sinhalese racists backstabbing their fellow Christian and Hindu Tamils, especially in the east on how steal the Tamil peoples lands. It is this behaviour and the armed Muslims home guards attacking Tamil villagers in the east that started the LTTE backlash against the Muslims, resulting in the expulsion of Muslims in the north as the LTTE did not want a repeat of what happened in the east to happen in the north. Muslims colluding with the Sinhalese armed forces to attack Tamils.
      Contrary to popular belief only a very small microscopic minority of Muslims in the Island have some Arab blood. Even these are predominantly Tamil by origin with a very small amount of Arab blood. However all Muslims in the island shameless and blatantly claim a pure Arab or predominantly Arab origin and deny their more than 95% Indian Tamil immigrant origin. This is just to curry favour with the Sinhalese, thinking that if they distance themselves from their real Tamil origins they win more favours. The British and the Sinhalese deliberately fed these myths to divide and rule the Tamil population. The rich Muslim elite living in the Sinhalese south fed this myth to the Muslim masses, for their own selfish reasons to keep power to themselves. They brainwashed the Muslim masses to hate their real Tamil origins and not even to acknowledge this. This is a form of genocide.
      The vast overwhelming majority of the present day Sri Lankan Muslims migrated around 700 to 500 years ago from what is modern day Tamil Nadu and Kerala. They are ethnic Tamil Muslims. Many fled to the island’s Tamil areas for economic reasons but most fleeing persecution, especially in Kerala, as these people were Muslims and Tamils. The Ethnic Tamil Muslims in Kerala are called Thullukans. The Ethnic Malayalee Muslims are Mappilas. Most of the Thullukans were chased off from Kerala and they fled to the Tamil parts of the island and came in wooden boats called Marrakalams( this is the reason they are called Marrakalla Munnisu by the Sinhalese) There is nothing Arab about these people. The Muslims calling them selves as Of Arab descent, pointing to a small microscopic minority of them around 50000 most having some Arab blood. is like the Sinhalese and Tamil Christians in the island calling themselves Europeans by pointing to the small Burgher community that is part European

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        Dear brown Paul,

        Re “Only native residents in the NE are the Tamils. The Sinhalese are very recent illegal settlers who only came to the north and east after independence”

        Is that what your Mama and Papa taught you or actual historical fact?

        If it is not Racist Brainwashing that was handed down for generations, please provide reliable references to establish it as fact.

        The Tamil Kingdom, when it existed was CONFINED to the Penninsular and the Wanniyars were confined to a small triangular area in the NW corner of the mainland.

        These are clearly Identified in this old Dutch Map.

        Dutch map of 1724 preserved in a Dutch Museum.
        .
        http://www.atlasofmutualheritage.nl/en/Map-Ceylon.5852
        .
        Everything else you have written is Plain Rhetoric and excuses for the Ethnic cleansing of Muslims and Sinhalese from the North. Non of which is founded in Fact.

        Prove what you write without writing Fairy Tales.

        Kind Regards,
        OTC

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        Thanks Paul & Nimanthi.

        Sri Lankan military displaces Tamils to make way for holiday resort http://tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articleid=15568
        “Tamils in Jaffna are living in slums whilst the Sri Lankan military runs a luxury holiday resort on land seized from them, reports the BBC.

        More than 200 people, which includes 58 families, were driven from their homes to make way for the “Thalasevana Holiday Resort” inside the Valikamam North High Security Zone, reports BBC South Asia correspondent Justin Rowlat.

        Speaking to the BBC, one of the displaced villagers Julius Selvamalar said: “We are forced to live like refugees in this slum. It is like living in hell. I had to bring up my children here”.

        “I don’t think we will ever get our land back,” she continued.

        Just last month, the Sri Lankan army was engaged in fortifying the Valikaamam North High Security Zone, despite previous government statements that the area of land would be released back to the local civilian population.

        Meanwhile Sri Lankan Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweeratold the BBC, the resort was a “welfare project of the army for the army personnel”.

        In 2012, the military announced it had built a holiday resort on the shores of the Nanthikadal Lagoon where hundreds of thousands of Tamils were attacked by the Sri Lankan military in 2009. Tens of thousands were massacred, mostly by government shells.

        The move was part of a campaign launched by the military, to build holiday resorts across the island.”

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          Dear Anpu,

          Yours is a perfect example of Fraudulent Separatist Tamil Claims.
          .
          For the past 34 Years, Private Property does not exist ANYWHERE in Sri Lanka within 300m of the High Water line. This will extend to 2 km landward when any inland water body opens to the Sea and includes the water body itself. Thus even the Lagoons of Jaffna is Public property and 2 km landward from its sea opening is also public property.

          The Govt does not have to chase any legal occupant to use govt land. Thalsevana and any Armed forces camps in the vicinity will be on Public Land.

          BBC’s Justin Rowlat says “I met Julius Selvamalar outside her cramped corrugated iron shack. She tells me Sri Lankan troops drove her family from their beachside home on a plot right next to where the Thalsevana now stands.”

          The Thalsevena stands on the sea side of Jaffna-Ponnalai-Point Pedro Road AB21.

          At Thalsevana Resort, the Road is only 82 meters from the waterline. For the most part, the road lies within 300m from the water line. Hence for the most part, there would not be ANY private property on the Sea Side of AB21.

          (I have only measured distances from the satellite view and not from the High Water Mark which obviously will extend it further Landward).

          Obviously Ms Julius Selvamalar could not own any Land on the Beach! The Tamil Separatists have been feeding the BBC correspondent with Fibs.

          I invite the readers to see for themselves in this Satellite View of the location.
          .
          https://www.google.com/maps/place/Thalsevana+Holiday+Resort/@9.8156024,80.0492484,396m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x3affabb3fa065fd7:0x2755577337216705
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          This is the Law governing the Coast Line

          Coast Conservation Act No. 57 of 1981

          2.The administration, control, custody and management of the Coastal Zone are hereby vested in the Republic

          “Coastal Zone” means that area lying within a limit of three hundred meters landwards of the Mean High Water line and a limit of two kilometers seawards of the Mean Low Water line and in the case of rivers, streams, lagoons, or any other body of water connected to the sea either permanently or periodically, the landward boundary shall extend to a limit of two kilometers measured perpendicular to the straight base line drawn between the natural entrance points thereof and shall include the waters of such rivers, streams and lagoons or any other body of water so connected to the sea;

          Kind Regards,
          OTC

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            Dear OTC,

            Thanks for this comment, supported by the google map of the Thalsevana area.

            Assuming the real distance from the water line to the Thalsevana is within the area prohibited for buildings and human habitation, would not the structures be illegal in terms of the law, although the land is public/State property?

            I remember the rule relating to buildings close to the water line were framed soon after the Tsunami, as a precautionary in the event of a future calamity, to safeguard lives and property. Are the State and the armed forces exempt?

            If the poor woman was not permitted to live near the beach, how can the Army run a resort in the same area?

            Dr.RN

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              Dear Dr RN,

              Re the distances that I gave, No assumptions were made. They were actually measured from the Map. But since my measurement is not from the High water line, the actual zone would extend further inland.

              Re “If the poor woman was not permitted to live near the beach, how can the Army run a resort in the same area”

              She Claimed OWNERSHIP.
              That is a Fraud. A propaganda stunt.

              There is absolutely no private ownership of the beach anywhere in Lanka. Though the beach forms part of the Coastal Zone it has special protective laws. vide (Amendment) Act, No. 64 of 1988 art 31 d (see below)

              Almost all fisher folk live on the beach they don’t OWN the beach.

              Resorts within the Coastal Zone are established all around the country and the large majority are run by private companies and have been in existence since the Tourist Industry started. Tourism cannot exist without beach resorts. Hence they are essential to the country.

              There are a few run by govt establishments, like the Hotels Corporation and the Tourist Board. The Laya chain of hotels in Yala, Wadduwa, Kukuleganga and Kalkuda in addition to Thalsevana is Army run. They are clean and cheap in comparison.

              If it is ok in the South why should it be a problem in the North and the East? If the Thalsevana was run by John Keels or Aitken Spence would there be this same protests?

              There are many buildings within this Coastal Zone here are a few famous ones.

              Temple Trees, US Embassy, Old Parliament, Bank of Ceylon Tower, Galle Face Hotel, Taj Samudra, The Kingsbury Hotel (formally Intercontinental), Galle Fort and all buildings within it, Hotel Mount Lavinia (former colonial governor’s house), All Railway stations on the coast line, All hotels on the Coast line, Koneswaram temple on Swami Rock Trinco, St Anthony’s Church Kotahena, International Buddhist Center etc

              The Act also requires the preparation of an inventory of all existing structures, roads, excavations, harbours, outfalls, dumping sites and other works, religious significance or of unique scenic value or of value for recreational purposes, including those areas most suitable for recreational bathing etc

              The reason would be obvious.

              Here is the Link to the Original 1981 Act. The 300m limit is defined in it. Long before the Tsunami. http://faolex.fao.org/docs/pdf/srl5289.pdf

              Most of the sea side High rise apartment buildings that has come up in Wellawatte are within the Coastal Zone.

              Re “Are the State and the armed forces exempt?”

              The Act specifies a permit system. You can read it by downloading the Act from the link provided.

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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              Coast Conservation (Amendment) Act, No. 64 of 1988

              31D. (1) No person shall, by reason of possession or use of any specific portion of the beach claim to have acquired title to such
              portion of the beach as against the State.

              (2) (a) In any dispute concerning the area comprising the beach in any part of the island a certificate signed by the Director or
              a person authorized by him in that behalf containing a statement that a particular area forms part of the beach, shall be prima facie evidence of the facts stated therein.

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            OTC and Dr NR,

            If you take the coastal road from Jaffna Town to Ponnalai causeway leading to Karainagar Island and Casuarana Beach you will see many buildings in the zone that belongs to the state. Some of these are brand new and private. There are Catholic and Buddisth shrines and possibly the huge Catholic church (St Marys?) and Catholic playground in Navanthurai. There are fish markets, at least one canning factory, what looks like an abandoned housing project, army repairing and building a camp in Navanthurai, public library etc.

            There is also a lot of garbage from Jaffna.

            Very confusing!

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              Dear Heretic, Dr. RN,

              I posted a reply to Dr RN that shows that even Temple Trees is in the Coastal Zone and so is Koneswaram temple on Swami Rock Trinco, St Anthony’s Church Kotahena, International Buddhist Center in Wellawatta.

              However after reading the Coast Conservation (Amendment) Act, No. 64 of 1988 (see my reply to Dr RN) I think that the words “The administration, control, custody and management of the Coastal Zone” excludes ownership as the amendment specifically mentions the word “TITLE” which is not there in the 1981 Act.

              Hence I believe that you can OWN property within the Zone if that property is not located on the Beach, but the State has control and custody of that property. Hence the property that you own if not on the beach is yours but you are subject to State control and custody of that property. You may not be able to dig a well without a permit. Get advise from a good lawyer who deals with the subject or better meet an official from the Coast Conservation dept. I am just a lay person interpreting the language. But I am sure the Title is yours if not on the beach.

              The Beach is absolutely State Land. There is no ambiguity in the language used in the amending Act. See below.

              31D. (1) No person shall, by reason of possession or use of any specific portion of the beach claim to have acquired title to such
              portion of the beach as against the State.

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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    OTC and Dr RN,

    “If the Thalsevana was run by John Keels or Aitken Spence would there be this same protests?”

    Unlikely.

    I believe that this Kayts resort called Charty or Chaddy on the beach is private.

    https://www.booking.com/hotel/lk/charty-beach-resort.en-gb.html

    It apparently is right on the beach. What if any permits do they have?

    In my opinion the law says something that is often not enforced or understood by the public servants.

    Do the poor people living on or near the beach understand the law?

    In the same way as in, for instance, Wellawatte there are many private buildings along Jaffna Towns Beach Road. If I remember correctly this road and the sea side were earlier a High Security Zone.

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